SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
[Filed December 21, 2018, 8:50 a.m., effective January 21, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The department of social and health services division of child support (DCS) is adopting permanent rules to implement Part I of SSB 6334 (chapter 150, Laws of 2018), which made changes to the law and terminology concerning medical child support obligations. The statutory change introduces new terminology, but does not change the way that medical support obligations are established, either in court or in the administrative process. However, there are changes in the policies and procedures regarding how DCS enforces medical support obligations, most notably that an obligated parent can satisfy his or her health care coverage obligation by enrolling the child(ren) in public health care coverage. In Washington, "public health care coverage" means medicaid and the other programs included in the apple health program.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: New [amending] WAC 388-14A-1020, 388-14A-3312, 388-14A-3324, 388-14A-3925, 388-14A-4100, 388-14A-4110, 388-14A-4111, 388-14A-4112, 388-14A-4120, 388-14A-4160, 388-14A-4175, 388-14A-4180, and 388-14A-6300.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 18-21-149 on October 19, 2018.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 13, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 13, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: December 19, 2018.
Katherine I. Vasquez
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