WSR 17-06-047
(Washington Apple Health)
[Filed February 27, 2017, 4:08 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 16-20-101.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 182-518-0030 Washington apple health—Notice requirements—Electronic notices.
Hearing Location(s): Health Care Authority (HCA), Cherry Street Plaza Building, Pear Conference Room 107, 626 8th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504 (metered public parking is available street side around building. A map is available at or directions can be obtained by calling (360) 725-1000), on April 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not sooner than April 5, 2017.
Submit Written Comments to: HCA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, delivery 626 8th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504, email, fax (360) 586-9727, by 5:00 p.m. on April 4, 2017.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Amber Lougheed by March 31, 2017, email, (360) 725-1349, or TTY (800) 848-5429 or 711.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The agency is amending this rule to update its notification practices.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See Purpose above.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: HCA, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Melinda Froud, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, (360) 725-1408; Implementation and Enforcement: Sarah Michael, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, (360) 725-1919.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The agency has determined that the proposed filing does not impose a disproportionate cost impact on small businesses or nonprofits.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to HCA rules unless requested by the joint administrative rules review committee or applied voluntarily.
February 27, 2017
Wendy Barcus
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 14-16-052, filed 7/29/14, effective 8/29/14)
WAC 182-518-0030 Washington apple healthModified adjusted gross income (MAGI) notice requirementsElectronic notices.
(1) For programs based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), you may choose to get notices by regular mail or in an electronic format through Washington Healthplanfinder.
(2) We send you letters (notices) ((to inform you)) about your eligibility for Washington apple health (((WAH))) programs as described in WAC 182-518-0005 through 182-518-0025.
(((2) For programs based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), you have the right to choose to get WAH eligibility notices by regular mail, in an electronic format, or both.
(3) To receive electronic notices you must:
(a) Have an account with Washington Healthplanfinder. (There is no charge to create an account); and
(b) Provide us with the following information: A valid e-mail address, your name, and your application identification number.
(4) You may ask to receive WAH notices electronically by:
(a) Mailing, delivering, or giving us a written letter to the address listed on our web site;
(b) Sending a facsimile letter to us as directed on our web site;
(c) Calling the WAH customer service center at the number listed on our web site;
(d) Logging on to your Healthplanfinder account online and selecting the "I would prefer to receive written communications by e-mail" check box on the contact information page; or
(e) Calling the Healthplanfinder customer support center.
(5) When you have asked for electronic notification, we:
(a) Send the notice to your Healthplanfinder account no later than one business day after creating the notice.
(b) Send you an e-mail message to notify you when a new WAH notice has been sent electronically to your Healthplanfinder account.
(i) The e-mail message will not include the notice, information about the content of the notice, or other confidential information; and
(ii) You must log on to your Healthplanfinder account to get the notice.
(6) We will stop sending WAH notices electronically to you if you ask us. You must notify us if your e-mail address changes.)) (3) When you select electronic notifications, also referred to as "paperless," we:
(a) Confirm your selection by regular mail;
(b) Notify you by email when a new notice has posted to your account; and
(c) Consider the notice received by you as of the date on the notice as described in WAC 182-518-0005.
(4) To read the notice, you must log in to your Washington Healthplanfinder account, as email messages do not include the content of the notice or other confidential information.
(5) If an email message is returned as undeliverable, we send the message to you by regular mail no later than three business days after the date of the undeliverable email response.
(6) You may ask at any time to stop receiving electronic notices from us.