WSR 07-14-089



(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed June 29, 2007, 1:34 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-09-057.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 388-535-1065 Coverage limits for dental-related services provided under the General assistance -- Unemployable (GA-U) and Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Treatment and Support Act (ADATSA) programs.

Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East, Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503 (one block north of the intersection of Pacific Avenue S.E. and Alhadeff Lane. A map or directions are available at or by calling (360) 664-6097), on August 7, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than August 8, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m. on August 7, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennisha Johnson, DSHS Rules Consultant, by July 31, 2007,

TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6094 or by e-mail at

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is striking "for clients through age twenty" that was inadvertently added in WAC 388-535-1065(4). The corrected rule will read: "Each dental-related procedure described under this section is subject to the coverage limitations listed in chapter 388-535 WAC."

Reasons Supporting Proposal: See above.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050 and 74.08.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050 and 74.08.090.

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

Name of Proponent: Department of social and health services, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Kathy Sayre, 626 8th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, (360) 725-1342; Implementation and Enforcement: Dr. John Davis, 626 8th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, (360) 725-1748.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rules do not create more than minor costs to small businesses.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The department has determined that the proposed rule does not meet the definition of "significant legislative rule" under RCW 34.05.328, and therefore a cost-benefit analysis is not required. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Dr. John Davis, P.O. Box 45506, Olympia, WA 98504-5506, phone (360) 725-1748, TYY/TDD 1-800-848-5429, fax (360) 586-1590, e-mail

June 27, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-06-041, filed 3/1/07, effective 4/1/07)

WAC 388-535-1065   Coverage limits for dental-related services provided under the GA-U and ADATSA programs.   (1) Clients who receive medical care services under the following programs may receive the dental-related services described in this section:

(a) General assistance unemployable (GA-U); and

(b) Alcohol and drug abuse treatment and support act (ADATSA).

(2) The department covers the following dental-related services for a client eligible under the GA-U or ADATSA program:

(a) Services provided only as part of dental treatment for:

(i) Limited oral evaluation;

(ii) Periapical or bite-wing radiographs that are medically necessary to diagnose only the client's chief complaint;

(iii) Palliative treatment to relieve dental pain;

(iv) Pulpal debridement to relieve dental pain; or

(v) Endodontic (root canal only) treatment for maxillary and mandibular anterior teeth (cuspids and incisors) when prior authorized).

(b) Tooth extraction when at least one of the following apply:

(i) The tooth has a radiograph apical lesion;

(ii) The tooth is endodontically involved, infected, or abscessed;

(iii) The tooth is not restorable; or

(iv) The tooth is not periodontally stable.

(3) Tooth extractions require prior authorization when:

(i) The extraction of a tooth or teeth results in the client becoming edentulous in the maxillary arch or mandibular arch; and

(ii) A full mouth extraction is necessary because of radiation therapy for cancer of the head and neck.

(4) Each dental-related procedure described under this section is subject to the coverage limitations listed in chapter 388-535 WAC ((for clients through age twenty)).

(5) The department does not cover any dental-related services not listed in this section for clients eligible under the GA-U or ADATSA program, including any type of removable prosthesis (denture).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 74.09.520. 07-06-041, 388-535-1065, filed 3/1/07, effective 4/1/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, and 74.09.530. 04-14-100, 388-535-1065, filed 7/6/04, effective 8/6/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.530, 2003 1st sp.s. c 25, P.L. 104-191. 03-19-077, 388-535-1065, filed 9/12/03, effective 10/13/03.]

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