WSR 03-02-096

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


(Basic Health Plan)

[ Order 03-01 -- Filed January 2, 2003, 8:16 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Revise rules regarding enrollment limits for subsidized Basic Health, to simplify the process if the administrator finds that a danger of overexpenditure of appropriations exists, requiring that enrollment be limited or closed.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.47.050, these rules implement the requirements of RCW 70.47.060(4) and 70.47.080, which require the closing of enrollment if the administrator finds a danger of overexpenditure of appropriations exists.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Basic Health is required to be prepared to limit or close enrollment if the administrator finds that continued enrollment is likely to lead to an overexpenditure of appropriations. These revisions are intended to simplify the processes used, both for applicants and for program administration, if enrollment must be limited or closed.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other federal or state agencies regulate this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: Stakeholder mailings and public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Rosanne Reynolds, Basic Health, P.O. Box 42686, Olympia, WA 98504-2686, phone (360) 923-2948, fax (360) 412-4276, e-mail Rrey107@hca.wa.gov.

January 2, 2003

Melodie H. Bankers

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office