WSR 02-16-078

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed August 6, 2002, 12:49 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Division of Employment and Assistance Programs plans to amend rules in chapter 388-474 WAC and related WAC to implement changes in eligibility for the state supplemental payment program.

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: The Washington state legislature passed legislation (chapter 371, Laws of 2002) that specifies changes to the categories of individuals eligible to receive state supplemental payments (SSP). New and amended rules must be adopted to reflect the intent of the legislature.

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 that must provide a state supplemental payment program. The Social Security Administration oversees state compliance with federal state supplementation rules.

Process for Developing New Rule: The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file proposed rules with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposed rules 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 Employment and 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.

August 5, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office