WSR 02-03-094

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

(Division of Employment and Assistance Programs)

[ Filed January 18, 2002, 3:58 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: DSHS will amend chapter 388-474 WAC and related sections to implement a change from federal to state administration of state supplemental payments and to reflect changes in eligibility rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: A recent RCW change gives the state the ability to self-administer the SSI state supplemental payment program. Rules must be amended to reflect this change in administration as well as changes to eligibility for this program.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Federal Public Law 92-603 and the Social Security Act publish regulations for states who must provide a state supplemental payment program. The Social Security Administration oversees state compliance with federal state supplementation rules.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. After the rules are drafted, DSHS will file a copy with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the draft 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 Carole McRae, Program Manager, Division of Assistance Programs, Lacey Government Center, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 413-3074, fax (360) 413-3493, e-mail MCRAECA@DSHS.WA.GOV.

January 17, 2002

Bonnie H. Jacques

for Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office