WSR 06-19-082

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


(Community Health Services)

[ Order 06-07 -- Filed September 19, 2006, 12:19 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Establish rules regarding the administration and implementing the community health care collaborative grant program established pursuant to E2SSB 6459, chapter 67, Laws of 2006. Chapter 182-20 WAC will be amended to implement the new collaborative grant program by establishing procedures for determining eligibility and distribution of funds.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.05.220 and 41.05.220.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Washington state legislature created the community health care collaborative grant program and appropriated funds in the 2005-07 biennium to Washington state health care authority (HCA) for the implementation of the program. The community health services (CHS), under the direction of the administrator of the authority, will allocate funds to community-based organizations to carry out the intent of the legislation. The proposed rules are necessary to administer the program and allocate funding.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state or federal agency regulates this subject or process.

Process for Developing New Rule: Stakeholder mailing and public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jan Ward Olmstead, Program Manager, Community Health Care Collaborative, Washington State Health Care Authority, P.O. Box 42721, Olympia, WA 98504-2721, e-mail Jan.Olmstead@hca.wa.gov.

September 19, 2006

Beth Dupre

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office