WSR 05-13-135

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed June 20, 2005, 4:36 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-418-0025 Effect of changes on medical, 388-424-0010 Citizenship and alien status -- Immigrant eligibility restrictions for the temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) program and medical benefits, including nonemergency Medicaid and the state children's health insurance program (SCHIP), 388-450-0210 Countable income for medical programs, 388-478-0075 Medical programs -- Monthly income standards based on federal poverty level (FPL), 388-505-0210 Children's medical eligibility, 388-523-0130 Medical extensions -- Redetermination; and any related WACs.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.415, and 74.09.530.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: E2SHB 1441 (chapter 279, Laws of 2005) reinstates the children's health program for children up to 100% of the federal poverty level who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid. The governor also directed the department to reinstate twelve month continuous eligibility for children's medical.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this rule. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kathy Johansen, Program Manager, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, phone (360) 725-1321, fax (360) 664-0910, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail johankj@dshs.wa.gov.

June 20, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office