WSR 14-15-154
[Filed July 23, 2014, 11:21 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 13-24-103.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 246-790 WAC, Special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (WIC), proposed amendments to authorizing retailer rules to reflect changes in federal requirements and agency policy.
Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, 310 Israel Road S.E., Point Plaza East Room 251, Tumwater, WA 98504, on September 16, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: September 16, 2014.
Submit Written Comments to: Daniel O'Neill, P.O. Box 47886, Olympia, WA 98504-7886, e-mail Daniel.O', fax (360) 236-2345, by September 12, 2014.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jane Basler by September 12, 2014, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rule amends chapter 246-790 WAC which regulates the department's food delivery system within the WIC program. The proposal provides support for the operation of the WIC nutrition program, assists in recontracting with retail partners, and maximizes agency options for determining participant access. Proposed changes will allow for necessary clarifications and consistency with federal rules and directives, including expanding the proposed definition of "full line grocery store" and updating definitions. The proposed rule also provides a solid foundation for WIC modernization, including fulfilling federal directives to implement an electronic benefit transfer system for WIC.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Stakeholder and contractor transparency, increased accountability, and reduced costs related to the appeals process. Also, in order to continue to receive federal funding the rules need to be in compliance with federal recontracting regulations.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.70.120.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 43.70.120.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of health, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Daniel O'Neill, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-3681; and Enforcement: Janet Charles, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-3697.
A small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.
Small Business Economic Impact Statement
See Reviser's note below.
A copy of the statement may be obtained by contacting Daniel O'Neill, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, phone (360) 236-3681, fax (360) 236-2345, e-mail daniel.o'
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Daniel O'Neill, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, phone (360) 236-3681, fax (360) 236-2345, e-mail daniel.o'
July 22, 2014
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
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 14-16 issue of the Register.