SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)
Effective Date of Rule: March 1, 2010.
Purpose: To implement necessary language regarding:
(1) Exemption of certain property from resources for medicaid and children's health insurance program (CHIP) eligibility for Native Americans, as required under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (Recovery Act); and
(2) Payments or interest accrued on payments made under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) listed as excluded resources for SSI-related medical programs.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-450-0040, 388-450-0080, 388-455-0005, 388-455-0015, 388-470-0045, 388-475-0350, 388-475-0550, and 388-475-0600.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090.
Other Authority: ARRA of 2009 (Recovery Act), Public Law 111-5, Section 5006(b); 42 C.F.R. 435.601, EEOICPA of 2000, Public Law 106398, Sec. 1, app., Title XXXVI (October 30, 2000) (Section 1 adopting as Appendix H.R. 5408), Section 3646 of the Appendix.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: Amendments to these WAC sections are needed to be in compliance with federal requirements of the ARRA of 2009 (Recovery Act), which provides protections for American Natives in medicaid and CHIP, and the EEOICPA of 2000 which provides exemption of payments or interest accrued on payments received under the EEOICPA as countable resources for SSI-related medical programs.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 8, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 8, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: February 23, 2010.
Don Goldsby, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit
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 10-07 issue of the Register.