PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-478-0085 Medicare savings program -- Monthly income and countable resources standards.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090 and 74.09.530. Section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 9902(2)).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed amendment is necessary to adopt new federal poverty level (FPL) standards effective April 1, 2003.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: These standards comply with those published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in the federal register on February 7, 2003.
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 Patricia Armstrong, Program Manager, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, phone (360) 725-1725, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (360) 664-0910, TDD 1-800-848-5429.
March 26, 2003
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit