WSR 02-09-050

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed April 12, 2002, 3:57 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-513-1365 Evaluating the transfer of an asset made on or after March 1, 1997, for long-term care (LTC) services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: As a cost-saving measure, the department is planning to change the way it determines a client's penalty period for transferring assets without adequate consideration. The department will propose including partial months in determining a client's penalty period. Under current rule, the department considers only "whole" months when determining the length of the penalty period.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Aging and Adult Services Administration.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this rule. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mary Beth Ingram, Medical Assistance Administration, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, phone (360) 725-1327, e-mail ingramb@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-0910, TDD 1-800-848-5429.

April 11, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office