WSR 02-01-009

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Adult Services Administration)

[ Filed December 7, 2001, 7:59 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-71 WAC, Social services for adults, and chapter 388-105 WAC, Medicaid rates for contracted home and community residential care service.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 74.39A RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: By repealing WAC 388-71-0475, would clarify that the department's home and community residential care rates are codified in chapter 388-105 WAC or published in accordance with WAC 388-71-0460. The codified rates in chapter 388-105 WAC and the published rates are the maximum amount that the department pays per month for an individual Medicaid resident's care. Also, the department will consider other changes or additions to chapters 388-71 and 388-105 WAC that would add or clarify home and community services (HCS) and/or HCS rates.

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. The Aging and Adult Services Administration (AASA) welcomes public participation in developing its rule(s). Anyone interested in participating should contact the staff person indicated below. After the rule(s) is drafted, AASA will file a copy 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. The department welcomes public participation in developing and reviewing its Medicaid home and community residential care facility payment regulations. If you would like to be personally notified when draft regulations are ready for review, please contact Patricia Hague by fax (360) 725-2641, e-mail HaguePE@dshs.wa.gov or write to same at Home and Community Services-Rates, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600.

December 3, 2001

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office