WSR 10-12-104

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


(Public Employees Benefits Board)

[ Order 10-02 -- Filed June 2, 2010, 7:49 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Public employees benefits board's (PEBB) rules related to enrollment in chapter 182-08 WAC; eligibility in chapter 182-12 WAC; and appeals in chapter 182-16 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.05.160.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The main purpose of this rule making is to amend PEBB rules in TITLE 182 WAC and adopt new rules to:

1. Align with and implement federal laws.

2. Align with state laws, including HB 2490 on respectful language.

3. Implement PEBB policy.

4. Address the administration of late notice that a subscriber or dependent has lost eligibility.

5. Clarify language regarding employer-level appeals.

In addition to these specific subject areas, the health care authority will conduct a full review of PEBB rules in these chapters and make necessary technical corrections.

Process for Developing New Rule: Stakeholder mailing and public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Individuals wishing to receive PEBB rule-making notices are encouraged to join our listserv, PEBB-RULE-MAKING-NOTICE, via this link http://listserv.wa.gov/archives/pebb-rule-making-notice.html or by logging on to listserv.wa.gov and selecting our listserv from the public e-mail list.

If you have questions about this rule making, contact Barbara Scott at (360) 923-2642 or Matthew Albright at (360) 923-2629 or at the Health Care Authority, P.O. Box 42684, Olympia, WA 98504-2684, Barbara.scott@hca.wa.gov, Matthew.Albright@hca.wa.gov.

June 2, 2010

Jason Siems

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office