WSR 20-09-065
[Filed April 13, 2020, 10:02 a.m.]
Title or Subject: CHIP State Plan Amendment (SPA) 20-0001 Disaster Relief.
Effective Date: March 1, 2020.
Description: The health care authority (HCA) intends to submit CHIP SPA 20-0001 to implement policies and procedures that may be different from the policies and procedures otherwise applied under the CHIP state plan, during the period of the presidential and secretarial emergency declarations related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
This SPA is the preprint developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to waive or modify certain requirements of titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Act as a result of the consequences [of] COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that sufficient health care items and services are available to meet the needs of individuals enrolled in the respective programs and to ensure that health care providers that furnish such items and services in good faith, but are unable to comply with one or more of such requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, may be reimbursed for such items and services and exempted from sanctions for such noncompliance, absent any determination of fraud or abuse. 
Because of the emergency nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, HCA is unable to determine the effect of CHIP SPA 20-0001 on the annual aggregate expenditures/reimbursement/payment for professional services.
CHIP SPA 20-0001 is under development. HCA would appreciate any input or concerns regarding this SPA. To request a copy of the SPA when it is available or 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 Maggie Clay, CHIP State Plan, 626 8thAvenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98501, TTY 711, fax 360-725-1158, email