WSR 02-14-151

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

OFFICE OF THE

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

[ Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2002-04 -- Filed July 3, 2002, 10:37 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Pharmacy identification cards.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 48.02.60 [48.02.060], 48.44.050, 48.43.023, and 48.46.200.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule making will consider rules to implement RCW 48.43.023. The commissioner will consider standards adopted by the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs and the requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The commissioner will review the standards adopted by other states and their experiences in implementing similar pharmacy card laws.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: There are no other agencies that regulate the subject. The Office of the Insurance Commissioner will inform representatives of interested state agencies who oversee state administered health plans of any proposal.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and the agency will discuss the subject with interested parties and decide if a work group will be helpful to develop these rules.

To ensure that comments are considered prior to the filing of a CR-102, interested parties should submit written comments by August 16, 2002, to Kacy Scott, P.O. Box 40255, Olympia, WA 98504-0255, e-mail Kacys@oic.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-3109, phone (360) 664-3784.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kacy Scott, P.O. Box 40255, Olympia, WA 98504-0255, e-mail Kacys@oic.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-3109, phone (360) 664-3784.

July 3, 2002

Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner

Washington State Code Reviser's Office