WSR 05-17-137

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed August 19, 2005, 4:09 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-517 WAC, Medicare savings programs.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.530; 42 U.S.C., Section 1396a.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: These rules will be amended to reflect federal rules with regard to copayments, policies, and program eligibility. This rule change is necessary to comply with federal program rules and to achieve clear and concise WAC. These rules are consistent with requirements in the state plan for medical assistance.

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 Carole McRae, Program Manager, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, phone (360) 725-1250, fax (360) 664-0910, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail mcraeca@dshs.wa.gov.

August 19, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office