WSR 06-11-155

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


(Basic Health)

[ Order 06-05 -- Filed May 24, 2006, 7:26 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Basic health eligibility, granting enrollment priority status to members of the Washington National Guard and Reserves who served in specified military operations, and their spouses and dependents.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.47.060 and chapter 343, Laws of 2006.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The 2006 legislature passed chapter 343, Laws of 2006, granting enrollment priority status to members of the Washington National Guard and Reserves who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation Noble Eagle, and their spouses and dependents. Basic health rules must be revised consistent with this requirement.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state or federal agency regulates this subject or process.

Process for Developing New Rule: Stakeholder mailings and public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bob Longhorn, P.O. Box 42686, Olympia, WA 98504-2686, fax (360) 923-2605, e-mail Rlon107@hca.wa.gov. Information regarding this rule making will be posted on the agency web site, http://www.hca.wa.gov/laws/.

May 24, 2006

Cyndi Presnell

Assistant Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office