WSR 06-18-084

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed September 5, 2006, 2:06 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-501-0100 Subrogation and 388-505-0540 Assignment of rights and cooperation.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500; 42 U.S.C. 7 Sec. 1396e Enrollment of Individuals under Group Health Plans.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Revision to WAC 388-501-0100 is needed to further reduce expenditures for premiums and cost-sharing by requiring Title XIX clients to enroll in available employer-based health care with the state's premium assistance, if needed, when such assistance is cost-effective to the state. Additional language must also be added to WAC 388-505-0540 which would give DSHS authorization to contact the employers of Title XIX clients when they apply for medical assistance to check on availability of employer-based health care.

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 Wendy L. Boedigheimer, Rules Program Manager, 626 8th Avenue S.E., Mailstop 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1306, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail boediwl@dshs.wa.gov.

September 5, 2006

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office