WSR 05-02-041

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed December 30, 2004, 3:57 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Division of Employment and Assistance Programs will amend WAC 388-492-0040 Can I choose whether I get WASHCAP food benefits or Basic Food benefits?, to be consistent with a federal waiver amendment effective January 1, 2005, regarding the criteria for WASHCAP-eligible clients to opt-in or -out of the demonstration project.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.500, 74.04.510, and 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The rule change is necessary to comply with a federal waiver amendment regarding opt-out criteria for WASHCAP recipients. Specifically, the department is amending the criteria for WASHCAP-eligible clients to opt-in or -out of WASHCAP. The change brings the department into compliance with the demonstration project cost-neutrality provisions stipulated in the federal waiver.

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. 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 proposal 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 Rebecca Henrie, Program Manager, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4615, fax (360) 413-3493, e-mail henrira@dshs.wa.gov.

December 29, 2004

Jim Schnellman

for Brian H. Lindgen, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office