WSR 10-06-116

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed March 3, 2010, 9:22 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending and updating sections in chapter 388-535 WAC, Dental-related services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.800, section 1109, chapter 564, Laws of 2009 (ESHB 1244).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: These rules are necessary to meet the legislative requirements of sections 201 and 209 of the operating budget for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. The changes include, for clients through age twenty, reducing coverage of restorative services (crowns) and reducing coverage for repairs to partial dentures; for clients age twenty-one and older, reducing coverage for endodontic treatment and oral and maxillofacial surgery; and for all clients, reducing coverage for partial dentures. The department is also updating and clarifying language in this chapter.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this rule. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed 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 Kathy Sayre, Rules Program Manager, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-45504 [98504-5504], phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sayrek@dshs.wa.gov.

February 24, 2010

Don Goldsby, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office