WSR 10-20-165

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medicaid Purchasing Administration)

[ Filed October 6, 2010, 10:43 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-505 WAC, Family medical; chapter 388-530 WAC, Prescription drugs (outpatient); chapter 388-532 WAC, Reproductive health/family planning/TAKE CHARGE; chapter 388-533 WAC, Maternity-related services; and any other related WAC chapters and sections.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 43.88.290.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Upon order of the governor, the medicaid purchasing administration (MPA) must reduce its budget expenditures for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, by 6.3%. To achieve this budget reduction, MPA anticipates making cuts to the following medical services effective March 1, 2011: Prescription drugs (for adults); elimination of healthcare for disability lifeline clients; eligibility reduction for apple health for kids; elimination of maternity-related services (maternity support services, infant case management, first steps); and elimination of family planning and TAKE CHARGE programs.

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 Kevin Sullivan, MPA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1344, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail kevin.sullivan@dshs.wa.gov.

October 4, 2010

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office