WSR 07-22-082



(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed November 5, 2007, 9:38 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-544 WAC, Vision care services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department repealed WAC 388-544-0475 Noncovered services, eyeglasses, and contact lenses, and is readopting the rule through the permanent rule-making process. This action is necessary because the department did not provide sufficient notice to stakeholders, as required by the Administrative Procedure Act, of changes to WAC 388-544-0250 that eliminated certain covered services as then set forth in new WAC 388-544-0475 Noncovered services, eyeglasses, and contact lenses. In addition, the department is clarifying existing policy, better defining the scope of the rule, and reviewing the chapter for other necessary 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: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Wendy Boedigheimer, Rules Program Manager, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1306, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail

November 5, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office