SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)
Effective Date of Rule: October 28, 2009.
Purpose: These amendments are required to meet the 2009-2011 final legislative budget reductions in ESHB 1244. Specifically, the department will no longer cover orally-administered enteral nutrition products for clients twenty-one years of age and older.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-554-100, 388-554-200, 388-554-300, 388-554-400, 388-554-500, 388-554-600, 388-554-700, and 388-554-800.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that in order to implement the requirements or reductions in appropriations enacted in any budget for fiscal years 2009, 2010, or 2011, which necessitates the need for the immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the fiscal needs or requirements of the agency.
Reasons for this Finding: Emergency rule adoption is required in order for the department to fully meet the legislatively-mandated appropriation reduction in ESHB 1244 for the durable medical equipment (DME) for fiscal years 2010-2011. This emergency filing is necessary to continue the current emergency rule filed as WSR 09-14-090 on June 30, 2009, while the department completes the permanent rule-making process. The CR-102 is filed and the public hearing is scheduled for October 27, 2009. Following this, the department plans to formally adopt the permanent rule in early 2010.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 8, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 8, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: October 14, 2009.
Stephanie E. Vaughn
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 09-23 issue of the Register.