WSR 08-19-032

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed September 9, 2008, 2:47 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-519-0100 Eligibility for the medically needy program, 388-519-0110 Spenddown of excess income for the medically needy program, and other related rules as appropriate.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is clarifying language, updating outdated WAC references, and adding additional provisions to the rules to comply with federal regulations relating to expenses an individual can use toward meeting spenddown.

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 Jonell O. Blatt, Rules Program Manager, Division of Legal Services, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1571, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail blattj@dshs.wa.gov.

September 9, 2008

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office