WSR 07-17-144

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed August 21, 2007, 8:29 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is creating new WAC 388-517-0500 Medicare prescription drug copayment help.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090, and chapter 3, Laws of 2007.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Recent state legislation (chapter 3, Laws of 2007) requires HRSA to pay Medicare Part D copayment cost sharing for full-benefit dual eligible Medicaid clients. HRSA is codifying this new requirement.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: HRSA will coordinate with aging and disabilities services administration and economic services administration during the rule-making process.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

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, Health and Recovery Services Administration, 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 21, 2007

Katherine D. Vasquez, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistant Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office