WSR 07-22-038

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed October 30, 2007, 2:01 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-11-098.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 388-416-0015 Certification periods for CN medical and SCHIP, 388-418-0025 Effect of changes on medical program eligibility, 388-450-0210 Countable income for medical programs, 388-478-0075 Medical programs -- Monthly income standards based on the federal poverty level, 388-505-0210 Children's medical eligibility, 388-505-0211 Premium requirements for SCHIP, 388-542-0010 Purpose and scope of SCHIP, 388-542-0020 Other rules that apply to SCHIP, 388-542-0050 Definitions for SCHIP terms, and 388-542-0300 Waiting period for SCHIP coverage following employer coverage.

Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East, Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503 (one block north of the intersection of Pacific Avenue S.E. and Alhadeff Lane. A map or directions are available at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/docket.html or by calling (360) 664-6097), on December 27, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than December 28, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail DSHSRPAURulesCoordinator@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m. on December 27, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennisha Johnson, DSHS Rules Consultant, by December 20, 2007, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6094 or by e-mail at johnsjl4@dshs.wa.gov.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To comply with provisions of 2SSB 5093 (chapter 5, Laws of 2007) which authorizes medical assistance coverage for all children living in households with income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL). An emergency rule was adopted under WSR 07-16-022 on July 22, 2007, while HRSA completes the permanent rule-making process.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: This rule change will expand healthcare coverage to more children.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.530, and 74.09.700.

Statute Being Implemented: 2SSB 5093 (chapter 5, Laws of 2007).

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of social and health services, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Kevin Cornell, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, (360) 725-1423.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. There is no economic impact on small businesses.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Client eligibility rules for medical programs are exempt under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii).

October 25, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 07-23 issue of the Register.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office