WSR 05-15-151

EXPEDITED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed July 19, 2005, 4:27 p.m. ]

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Interpreter services, repealing WAC 388-555-1000 Definitions, 388-555-1050 Covered services, 388-555-1100 Noncovered services, 388-555-1150 Eligible providers, 388-555-1200 Provider requirements, 388-555-1250 Coordination of services, 388-555-1300 Payment, 388-555-1350 Payment methodology, 388-555-1400 Recordkeeping and audits, and 388-555-1450 Services at federally qualified health clinics.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Rules Coordinator, Department of Social and Health Services, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, or deliver to Blake Office Park East, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail fernaax@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185 , AND RECEIVED BY 5:00 p.m. on September 19, 2005.


Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is repealing these sections because the method of purchasing interpreter services on behalf of limited-English speaking or sensory-impaired applicants and clients of public assistance was replaced with a new "brokerage" model for all DSHS programs effective January 2003. Under the brokerage model, DSHS contracts at a specified rate with any qualified individual or agency and contracts with intermediaries who schedule and link interpreters with clients and service providers. As a result, these rules are no longer applicable.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Repealing these rules will eliminate the potential for confusion and misunderstanding surrounding interpreter services.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.08.090, 39.29.040, and 43.19.190.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Wendy Boedigheimer, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, (360) 725-1306.

July 15, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3577.1
REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 388-555-1000 Definitions.
WAC 388-555-1050 Covered services.
WAC 388-555-1100 Noncovered services.
WAC 388-555-1150 Eligible providers.
WAC 388-555-1200 Provider requirements.
WAC 388-555-1250 Coordination of services.
WAC 388-555-1300 Payment.
WAC 388-555-1350 Payment methodology.
WAC 388-555-1400 Recordkeeping and audits.
WAC 388-555-1450 Services at federally qualified health clinics.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office