WSR 12-07-025

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


(Medicaid Program)

[ Filed March 12, 2012, 5:17 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 182-550-5150 Payment method -- General assistance-unemployable disproportionate share hospital (GAUDSH); and possibly other related WAC sections.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.05.021.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The health care authority (the agency) is removing any references to the general assistance-unemployable (GA-U) program in this rule and replacing them with the medical care services (MCS) program. The agency is also clarifying that only inpatient hospital services are eligible for payment under the MCS program.

Process for Developing New Rule: The agency welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, the agency will file a notice of proposed rule making (CR-102) with the office of the code reviser. 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 Jason R. P. Crabbe, Rules and Publications Program Manager, Health Care Authority, Legal and Administrative Services, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1346, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail jason.crabbe@hca.wa.gov.

March 12, 2012

Kevin M. Sullivan

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office