WSR 02-14-099

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Adult Services Administration)

[ Filed July 1, 2002, 4:41 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-105 WAC, Medicaid rates for contracted home and community residential care services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 74.39A RCW, chapter 371, Laws of 2002.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To implement as directed by the state legislature: A $2.7 million reduction of funding for FY 03 for the assisted living facility (ALF) capital add-on rate; a bed hold policy for when a resident is temporarily out of a residential facility to obtain federal financial participation (FFP) or revise the current policy to return the average person cost to pre 2001 level; and increase the daily payment rates for boarding homes and adult family homes by the vendor rate increase of 1.5%.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: By publishing in the Washington State Register: CR-101 preproposal statement of inquiry; CR-102 proposed rule making; and CR-103 rule making order including a concise explanatory statement.

AASA welcomes the public participation in developing its rule(s). Anyone interested in participating should contact the staff person indicated below. At a later date, AASA will file proposed rules with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making, and send a copy to everyone currently on the HCS mailing list and anyone else who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. If you would like to be personally notified when draft regulations are ready for review, please contact Patricia Hague by fax at (360) 725-2641, e-mail at HaguePE@dshs.wa.gov or write to same at Home and Community Rates, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600.

July 1, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office