WSR 00-18-113

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed September 6, 2000, 11:50 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: On August 29, 2000, the governor issued Executive Order 00-04, which requires the department to work with the Health Care Authority to establish a Washington senior discount prescription drug project.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.70.020(5), 43.70.040, 43.70.060, 43.70.070, 43.70.130, 41.05.021, 41.05.006, and 41.05.021(c).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules on this subject will enable individuals who are fifty-five years of age or older to obtain discounted prescription drugs.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: There are no state or federal regulations for this type of program.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department will work with the Health Care Authority and interested individuals to develop rules to implement the prescription drug program.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Michelle Davis, Regulatory Affairs Manager, (360) 236-4044, e-mail michelle.davis@doh.wa.gov, Office of the Secretary, P.O. Box 47890, Olympia, WA 98504-7890; or Patti Rathbun, Policy Development Coordinator, (360) 236-4627, e-mail patti.rathbun@doh.wa.gov, Office of the Secretary, P.O. Box 47879, Olympia, WA 98504-7879; fax (360) 586-7424.

September 6, 2000

Nancy Ellison

Deputy

for Mary Selecky

Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office