WSR 04-16-086



(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed August 2, 2004, 3:34 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-538 WAC, Managed care.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.522 and 2003-2005 Revised Omnibus Operating Budget - 2004 Supplement (ESHB 2459), section 201(4).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Changes to this chapter include:

(1) Allowing MAA to contract with health plans for new populations and services not included in Healthy Options contracts (as authorized by the 2004 legislature); and

(2) Modifying the assignment process and timeframes for the Healthy Options program.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates Medicaid managed care programs. DSHS staff work closely with CMS staff via document review to ensure our rule is in compliance with federal regulation.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and comment on draft material. For information about how to participate, contact the person listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Wendy L. Boedigheimer, Rules Program Manager, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1306, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail

August 2, 2004

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser 


Washington State Code Reviser's Office