PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
(Basic Health Plan)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending chapter 182-25 WAC to revise rules for the basic health plan and to create new rules governing the Washington health program (nonsubsidized basic health).
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.47.050.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The health care authority (HCA) intends to clarify, simplify, and reorganize agency rules, for both subsidized basic health (BH) and the newly implemented nonsubsidized Washington health program, as well as provide clarification of the recertification process. Other changes and corrections that arise during this rule making may be incorporated as a result of federal rules promulgated to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (national healthcare reform). In addition to these specific subject areas, the HCA will conduct a full review of BH rules and make any necessary technical corrections.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Meetings with stakeholders, stakeholder mailings, collection and review of stakeholder comments and public hearings.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Information regarding this rule making will be posted on the agency web site, http://www.hca.wa.gov/laws_rules.html, or you may contact Alyson Chase, Basic Health Communications Manager, P.O. Box 42683, Olympia, WA 98504-2683, phone (360) 923-2765, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 18, 2010