WSR 03-20-110



[ Filed October 1, 2003, 8:24 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: Health care assistants fees and renewal cycle, WAC 246-826-990.

Purpose: The rule change will adjust fees so revenue generated by fees is brought into alignment with costs.

Other Identifying Information: During the 2003 legislative session, the legislature granted the department an exemption to I-601 limitations, enabling the department to adjust fees beyond the fiscal growth factor.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.70.250.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.135.030.

Summary: This rule adjusts fees for health care assistants first certification, renewal, expired certificate reissuance, recertification, and late renewal penalty.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: RCW 43.70.250 requires the secretary to set the fees for each health professions program at a sufficient level to defray the costs of administering that program.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Mary Dale, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA, (360) 236-4985; Implementation and Enforcement: Tracy Hansen, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA, (360) 236-4940.

Name of Proponent: Department of Health, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: This rule will adjust fees for health care assistants in order to comply with RCW 43.70.250, which requires the secretary to set fees at a sufficient level to defray the costs of administering that program. The purpose of the rule is to keep revenue and expenditures in balance. This will ensure that the program is able to continue to function as required by law.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: This rule change will adjust fees for health care assistants.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Under RCW 19.85.025(3), agencies are not required to prepare an SBEIS if the rule change adjusts fees according to legislative standards, per RCW 34.05.310 (4)(f).

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. This rule is exempt under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vi) because it sets fees according to legislative standards.

Hearing Location: Department of Health, 310 Israel Road S.E., Room 156, Tumwater, WA 98501, on November 5, 2003, at 2:00.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Mary Dale by October 29, 2003, TDD 1-800-833-6388.

Submit Written Comments to: Mary Dale, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47860, Olympia, WA 98504, fax (360) 236-4626, by November 5, 2003.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 5, 2003.

September 30, 2003

Mary C. Selecky



AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-05-060, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98)

WAC 246-826-990   Health care assistant fees and renewal cycle.   (1) Certificates must be renewed every two years as provided in WAC 246-826-050 and chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.

(2) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged:

Title of Fee Fee
First certification (($35.00))


Renewal ((33.00)) 60.00
Expired certificate reissuance ((33.00)) 50.00
Recertification ((35.00))


Late renewal penalty 50.00
Duplicate 15.00

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. 98-05-060, 246-826-990, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. 91-13-002 (Order 173), 246-826-990, filed 6/6/91, effective 7/7/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as 246-826-990, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. 90-04-094 (Order 029), 308-175-140, filed 2/7/90, effective 3/10/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.135.030. 87-23-022 (Order PM 689), 308-175-140, filed 11/12/87.]

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