WSR 02-12-044

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

(Division of Employment and Assistance Programs)

[ Filed May 29, 2002, 1:18 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will amend WAC 388-478-0055 SSI payment standards for eligible recipients.

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: Each year the standard state supplemental payment is adjusted as payment rates change due to funding or COLA. Rules must be amended to reflect these changes as well as any 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 98504-4570, phone (360) 413-3074, fax (360) 413-3493, e-mail MCRAECA@DSHS.WA.GOV.

May 28, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office