WSR 02-01-099

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed December 17, 2001, 3:23 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-478-0070 Monthly income and countable resource standards for medically needy (MN) and medically indigent (MI) programs and 388-478-0080 SSI-related categorically needy income level (CNIL) and countable resource standards.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed amendment is necessary to adopt new federal standards, effective January 1, 2002, regarding the one person medically needy income level (MNIL) and the categorically needy income levels (CNIL) for SSI-related persons.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this rule. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below. The department will distribute draft material for an internal and external review process. All comments are taken into consideration before issuance of the final rule.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Joanie Scotson, Program Manager, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, phone (360) 725-1330, e-mail scotsjk@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-0910, TDD 1-800-848-5429.

December 17, 2001

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office