SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)
Purpose: The Division of Development Disabilities has received approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement four home and community based service (HCBS) waivers, which replace the current community alternatives program (CAP) waiver. These rules will clarify eligibility, provider qualifications and client appeal rights. This filing includes new WAC 388-825-125 through 388-825-165 and 388-825-300 through 388-825-400. These rules replace the emergency rules related to WAC 388-825-120 and new WAC 388-825-125 through 388-825-165 and 388-825-300 through 388-825-400 filed as WSR 05-07-075.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 388-825-170, 388-825-180, 388-825-190, 388-825-260, 388-825-262, 388-825-264, 388-825-266, 388-825-268, 388-825-270, 388-825-272, 388-825-276, 388-825-278, 388-825-280, 388-825-282 and 388-825-294; and amending WAC 388-825-120.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 71A.12.030, 71A.12.120.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest; and that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: The approval of the HCBS waivers by CMS required the department to implement new rules by April 1, 2004, to protect the health and welfare of eligible clients by ensuring no interruption in services to current participants in the CAP waiver occurs, and to ensure a continuation of federal matching funds under 42 C.F.R. 441, Subpart G -- Home and Community Based Services -- Waiver Requirements. These rules were filed on an emergency basis as WSR 04-08-020, 04-16-019, 04-23-084 and 05-07-075. The department has filed a notice of intent to adopt permanent rules as WSR 03-20-103 and the proposed rule-making document as WSR 05-13-041. The public hearing is scheduled for July 26, 2005. The extension of the emergency rules is necessary as the permanent rules will not become effective until after the expiration of the current emergency rules.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 32, Amended 1, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 32, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: June 24, 2005.
Andy Fernando, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 05-16 issue of the Register.