WSR 05-15-156



[ Filed July 20, 2005, 8:50 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 246-650 WAC, Newborn screening; WAC 246-650-991 Specialty clinic support fee, describes fee, allowed use, and amount.

Hearing Location(s): Washington State Department of Health, 310 Israel Road, PPE Room 153, Conference Center, Tumwater, WA 98501, on August 23, 2005, at 9:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: August 11, 2005.

Submit Written Comments to: Michael Glass, 1610 N.E. 150th, Shoreline, WA 98155, e-mail, fax (206) 418-5415, by August 17, 2005.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Juli Terao-Fast, by August 15, 2005, TTY 1-800-833-6388 or (206) 418-5537.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposal increases the "clinic subsidy" fee from $3.50 to $6.60 to provide funds to support specialty clinics that provide essential care to prevent consequences of otherwise disabling conditions added to the newborn screening battery in 2004. The additional funds will help assure access to these critical services for infants identified through the Department of Health's newborn screening program.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The conditions detected through newborn screening have disabling or deadly consequences unless infants receive appropriate specialty clinic care. This proposal will allow the Department of Health to collect and distribute funds to help assure access to this critical care. The proposal is in response to ESSB 6090, which was passed by the legislature during the 2005 legislative session.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.83.040.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 70.83.040, chapter 518, Laws of 2005.

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

Name of Proponent: Washington State Department of Health, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Michael Glass, 1610 N.E. 150th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155, (206) 418-5470.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The department did not prepare a small business impact statement under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(3), because the rule adjusts fees pursuant to legislative standards, in this case, the provisions of ESSB 6090.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The rule adjusts fees pursuant to legislative standards, (ESSB 6090) and is thus exempt under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vi).

July 20, 2005

M. C. Selecky



AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-20-036, filed 9/29/99, effective 10/30/99)

WAC 246-650-991   Specialty clinic support fee.   (1) The department has the authority under RCW 70.83.040 to collect a fee for each infant screened to fund specialty clinics that provide treatment services for hemoglobin diseases, phenylketonuria, congenital adrenal hyperplasia ((and)), congenital hypothyroidism and other disorders defined by the state board of health under RCW 70.83.020.

(2) The specialty clinic support fee is $3.50. It is to be collected in conjunction with the screening charge from the parents or other responsible party through the facility where the screening specimen is obtained.

(3) However, effective through June 30, 2007, the department will collect an additional $3.10 to fund specialty clinics that provide treatment services for other disorders defined by the board under RCW 70.83.020.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.83.040. 99-20-036, 246-650-991, filed 9/29/99, effective 10/30/99.]

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