WSR 07-19-085

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed September 18, 2007, 9:42 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Payment of prescription drugs for workers' compensation purposes.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.36.010 and chapter 134, Laws of 2007.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Pursuant to EHB 2105 (chapter 134, Laws of 2007), the department is reviewing its rules for possible changes relating to the payment of prescription drugs for workers' compensation purposes.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Parties interested in participating in the development of these rules may contact the person listed below. The public may also participate by providing written comments during the comment period or giving oral testimony at public hearings. The agency intends to develop this rule in coordination with the following stakeholder groups: Washington State Pharmacy Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NADCS), Washington Self-Insurers Association, Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee and other parties interested in this rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jaymie Mai by phone (360) 902-6792 or fax (360) 902-6315 or mail Department of Labor and Industries, Office of the Medical Director, P.O. Box 44321, Olympia, WA 98504-4321.

September 18, 2007

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office