WSR 10-01-169

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed December 22, 2009, 12:21 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 296-20-1103 Travel expense, to revise the payment methodology for injured workers currently reimbursed (with prior authorization) for travel expense.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.04.020 and 51.04.030.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed rule is intended to provide reasonable and fair reimbursement for injured workers traveling out of his/her immediate residential area to the nearest point of adequate treatment or other services.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Parties interested in this rule may contact the individual listed below. The public may also participate by commenting after amendments are proposed by providing written comments and/or testimony during the public hearing and comment process. Public hearings will be held after the proposal is filed.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bob Mayer, Department of Labor and Industries, Health Services Analysis, P.O. Box 44322, Olympia, WA 98504-4322, phone (360) 902-5021, fax (360) 902-4249.

December 22, 2009

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office