WSR 00-05-038

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed February 10, 2000, 3:21 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending chapter 388-539 WAC, Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome insurance program.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.09.757 and 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department previously filed a preproposal statement of inquiry, WSR 99-21-095, for chapter 388-539 WAC, intending merely to review the text to meet the criteria in the Governor's Executive Order 97-02. However, the review process revealed the necessity to include new standards/requirements to reflect current policy, as well as to consolidate and simplify per the Governor's Executive Order 97-02. Therefore, the department is replacing the previously filed preproposal statement of inquiry with this one that more fully explains the reasons for filing.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: DSHS is consulting with the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure clarity and consistency with DOH's rules on the subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS/MAA invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this WAC. Draft material and information about how to participate are available by contacting the representative identified below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting L. Mike Freeman, Regulatory Improvement Project, Medical Assistance Administration, Olympia, Washington 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1350, fax (360) 586-9727, e-mail freemlm@dshs.wa.gov.

February 8, 2000

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policy Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office