WSR 06-06-074

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed February 28, 2006, 4:21 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-478-0075 Medical programs -- Monthly income standards based on the federal poverty level (FPL) and 388-478-0085 Medicare savings programs -- 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, 74.09.500, and 42 U.S.C. 9902(2).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending these WACs to explain the basis of each standard and to remove the actual numbers since these standards are based on the federal poverty level (FPL). This will avoid having to amend the rule each year when the FPL changes.

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.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Wendy Forslin, Program Manager, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, phone (360) 725-1328/1343, fax (360) 664-0910, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail forslwc@dshs.wa.gov.

February 28, 2006

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office