WSR 20-07-078
[Filed March 16, 2020, 1:11 p.m.]
Title or Subject: Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0010 Providing Services in State Emergencies.
Effective Date: January 1, 2020.
Description: The health care authority (HCA) intends to submit Medicaid SPA 20-0010 in order to address payment for professional services in the case of a governor-declared state of emergency (such as the current COVID-19 pandemic), when HCA determines it is appropriate. The SPA will ensure payment for professional services provided via telephone services and/or online digital evaluation and management services at the same rates as for professional services provided face-to-face or via telemedicine, to support the delivery of health care services during a state of emergency.
Because of the emergency nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, HCA is unable to determine the effect of SPA 20-0010 on the annual aggregate expenditures/reimbursement/payment for professional services.
A copy of SPA 20-0010 is available for review. HCA would appreciate any input or concerns regarding this SPA. To request a copy of the SPA, you may contact the person named below. To submit comments, please contact the person named below (please note that all comments are subject to public review and disclosure, as are the names of those who comment).
Contact: Wendy Steffens, Financial Services, 626 8th Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98501, phone 360-725-5145, TTY 711, fax 360-664-5701, email