WSR 11-03-080

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medicaid Purchasing Administration)

[ Filed January 18, 2011, 2:54 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-424-0001 Citizenship and alien status -- Definitions, 388-424-0006 Citizenship and alien status -- Date of entry, 388-424-0010 Citizenship and alien status -- Eligibility for TANF, medicaid, and CHIP, 388-450-0156 When am I exempt from deeming?, and possibly other related WAC sections.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, and 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To bring citizenship/alien status rules into compliance with the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) guidelines. It expands the eligibility group of legally residing individuals which will allow: (1) Some children who are currently in a state-funded medical program to qualify for federally-funded medical coverage, and (2) some pregnant women to have their post partum period covered by federally-funded medical.

There may be other changes to these WAC sections related to proposed 2011 legislation affecting the food assistance program, disability lifeline program, and state-funded children's medical programs, among others.

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, 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.

January 13, 2011

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office