WSR 05-18-062

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed September 6, 2005, 4:18 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-438-0110 Alien emergency medical (AEM) program.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 74.09.530.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: DSHS is making this change in order to comply with federal regulations based on a clarification received from CMS. The eligibility criteria that allows clients who meet COPES/nursing facility level of care to automatically qualify an individual for the AEM program will be repealed. The change will clarify the long-term care services that will not be covered under AEM.

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 Joanie Scotson, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, phone (360) 725-1330, fax (360) 664-0910, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail scotsjk@dshs.wa.gov.

August 30, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office