WSR 00-06-022

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed February 23, 2000, 3:30 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Repeal WAC 388-502-0205 Civil rights.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.08.500, 74.08.530.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To clarify program requirements to comply with the clear-writing standards in the Governor's Executive Order 97-02, the department is repealing the portion of this WAC that states enrolled providers shall not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment. This language is already incorporated into federal antidiscrimination laws, which makes it unnecessary to be repeated in rule. Providers will still be required to follow department rules that ensure all participating providers will not discriminate against any client. This policy is being incorporated into WAC 388-502-0020 General requirements for providers.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on this action. Information about how to participate is available by contacting the DSHS representative below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kathy Sayre, Regulatory Improvement Program Manager, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727, e-mail sayrek@dshs.wa.gov.

February 22, 2000

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office