WSR 09-12-090

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed June 1, 2009, 12:42 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-517-0310, Eligibility for federal medicare savings and state-funded medicare buy-in program.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Public Law 110-275, Section 113 (Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act), RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Per federal law, effective January 1, 2010, the resource standards for medicare savings programs change to match the resource standards for the medicare Part D low-income subsidy. The resource standards will be adjusted yearly after that.

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 Kevin Sullivan, HRSA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1344, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sullikm@dshs.wa.gov.

June 1, 2009

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office