WSR 08-13-048

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed June 12, 2008, 10:35 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The community services division is proposing to amend WAC 388-448-0030 What medical evidence do I need to provide? and 388-448-0040 Progressive evaluation process (PEP) step I -- Review of medical evidence required for eligibility determination.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is proposing amendments to the description of medical evidence requirements needed to determine incapacity. These changes are needed to align the medical evidence rules with the intent of RCW 74.04.005.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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 Melissa Mathson, Program Manager, Community Services Division, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4563, fax (360) 725-4905, e-mail mathsmc@dshs.wa.gov.

June 12, 2008

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office