WSR 22-17-092
[Filed August 18, 2022, 1:28 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 22-10-028.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 182-504-0005 Washington apple healthRetroactive certification period, 182-500-0010 Medical assistance definitionsA, 182-500-0020 DefinitionsC, and 182-500-0035 Medical assistance definitionsF.
Hearing Location(s): On September 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, the health care authority (HCA) continues to hold public hearings virtually without a physical meeting place. This promotes social distancing and the safety of Washington state residents. To attend the virtual public hearing, you must register in advance If the link above opens with an error message, please try using a different browser. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the public hearing.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not sooner than September 28, 2022.
Submit Written Comments to: HCA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, email, fax 360-586-9727, by September 27, 2022, by 11:59 p.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Johanna Larson, phone 360-725-1349, fax 360-586-9727, telecommunications relay service 711, email, by September 16, 2022.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The agency is amending WAC 182-504-0005 and sections of chapter 182-500 WAC, Medical definitions, to implement requirements in RCW 74.09.830 regarding postpartum health care coverage. The amended rules will provide for retroactive postpartum coverage and define after-pregnancy coverage, continuous eligibility, and full-scope coverage.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.09.830.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: HCA, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Brian Jensen, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-0815; Implementation and Enforcement: Emily Good, P.O. Box 42722, Olympia, WA 98504-2722, 360-725-0920.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
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.
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. The proposed rules pertain to client program eligibility and do not impose any costs on businesses.
August 18, 2022
Wendy Barcus
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 16-02-122, filed 1/6/16, effective 2/6/16)
WAC 182-500-0010Medical assistance definitionsA.
"Administrative renewal" means the agency uses electronically available income data sources to verify and recertify a person's Washington apple health benefits for a subsequent certification period. A case is administratively renewed when the person's self-attested income is reasonably compatible (as defined in WAC 182-500-0095) with the information available to the agency from the electronic data sources and the person meets citizenship, immigration, Social Security number, and age requirements.
"After-pregnancy coverage (APC)" means full-scope Washington apple health (medicaid) health care coverage for people up to 12 months after the month their pregnancy ends under WAC 182-505-0115.
"Agency" or "medicaid agency" means the Washington state health care authority (HCA).
"Agency's designee" means any entity expressly designated by the agency to act on its behalf.
"Allowable costs" are the documented costs as reported after any cost adjustment, cost disallowances, reclassifications, or reclassifications to nonallowable costs which are necessary, ordinary and related to the outpatient care of medical care clients or not expressly declared nonallowable by applicable statutes or regulations. Costs are ordinary if they are of the nature and magnitude which prudent and cost-conscious management would pay.
"Alternative benefits plan" means the range of health care services included within the scope of service categories described in WAC 182-501-0060 available to persons eligible to receive health care coverage under the Washington apple health modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)-based adult coverage described in WAC 182-505-0250.
"Ancillary services" means additional services ordered by the provider to support the core treatment provided to the patient. These services may include, but are not limited to, laboratory services, radiology services, drugs, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
"Apple health for kids" is the umbrella term for health care coverage for certain groups of children that is funded by the state and federal governments under Title XIX medicaid programs, Title XXI Children's Health Insurance Program, or solely through state funds (including the program formerly known as the children's health program). Funding for any given child depends on the program for which the child is determined to be eligible. Apple health for kids programs are included in the array of health care programs available through Washington apple health (WAH).
"Attested income" means a self-declared statement of a person's income made under penalty of perjury to be true. (See also "self-attested income.")
"Authorization" means the agency's or the agency's designee's determination that criteria are met, as one of the preconditions to the agency's or the agency's designee's decision to provide payment for a specific service or device. (See also "expedited prior authorization" and "prior authorization.")
"Authorized representative" is defined under WAC 182-503-0130.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 19-04-095, filed 2/5/19, effective 3/8/19)
WAC 182-500-0020DefinitionsC.
"Caretaker relative" means a relative of a dependent child by blood, adoption, or marriage with whom the child is living, who assumes primary responsibility for the child's care, and who is one of the following:
(a) The child's father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother, sister, stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother, stepsister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, or niece.
(b) The spouse of such parent or relative (including same sex marriage or domestic partner), even after the marriage is terminated by death or divorce.
(c) Other relatives including relatives of half-blood, first cousins once removed, people of earlier generations (as shown by the prefixes of great, great-great, or great-great-great), and natural parents whose parental rights were terminated by a court order.
"Carrier" means an organization that contracts with the federal government to process claims under medicare Part B.
"Categorically needy (CN) or categorically needy program (CNP)" is the state and federally funded health care program established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for people within medicaid-eligible categories, whose income and/or resources are at or below set standards.
"Categorically needy income level (CNIL)" is the standard used by the agency to determine eligibility under a categorically needy program.
"Categorically needy (CN) scope of care" is the range of health care services included within the scope of service categories described in WAC 182-501-0060 available to people eligible to receive benefits under a CN program. Some state-funded health care programs provide CN scope of care.
"Center of excellence" – A hospital, medical center, or other health care provider that meets or exceeds standards set by the agency for specific treatments or specialty care.
"Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)" - The federal agency that runs the medicare, medicaid, and children's health insurance programs, and the federally facilitated marketplace.
"Children's health program or children's health care programs" See "Apple health for kids."
"Client" means a person who is an applicant for, or recipient of, any Washington apple health program, including managed care and long-term care. See definitions for "applicant" and "recipient" in RCW 74.09.741.
"Community spouse." See "spouse" in WAC 182-500-0100.
"Continuous eligibility" means a person continues to receive their apple health coverage without interruption throughout their certification period regardless of changes in income, household size, immigration or citizenship status, or any other factor of eligibility other than moving out-of-state or death.
"Core provider agreement" is a written contract whose terms and conditions bind each provider in the fee-for-service program to applicable federal laws, state laws, and the agency's rules, provider alerts, billing guides, and other subregulatory guidance. See WAC 182-502-0005. The core provider agreement is a unilateral contract.
"Cost-sharing" means any expenditure required by or on behalf of an enrollee with respect to essential health benefits; such term includes deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or similar charges, but excludes premiums, balance billing amounts for nonnetwork providers, and spending for noncovered services.
"Cost-sharing reductions" means reductions in cost-sharing for an eligible person enrolled in a silver level plan in the health benefit exchange or for a person who is an American Indian or Alaska native enrolled in a qualified health plan (QHP) in the exchange.
"Couple." See "spouse" in WAC 182-500-0100.
"Covered service" is a health care service contained within a "service category" that is included in a Washington apple health (WAH) benefits package described in WAC 182-501-0060. For conditions of payment, see WAC 182-501-0050(5). A noncovered service is a specific health care service (for example, cosmetic surgery), contained within a service category that is included in a WAH benefits package, for which the agency or the agency's designee requires an approved exception to rule (ETR) (see WAC 182-501-0160). A noncovered service is not an excluded service (see WAC 182-501-0060).
"Creditable coverage" means most types of public and private health coverage, except Indian health services, that provide access to physicians, hospitals, laboratory services, and radiology services. This term applies to the coverage whether or not the coverage is equivalent to that offered under premium-based programs included in Washington apple health (WAH). Creditable coverage is described in 42 U.S.C. 300gg-3 (c)(1).
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 11-14-075, filed 6/30/11, effective 7/1/11)
WAC 182-500-0035Medical assistance definitionsF.
"Fee-for-service (FSS)" - The general payment method the agency or agency's designee uses to pay for covered medical services provided to clients, except those services covered under the agency's prepaid managed care programs.
"Fiscal intermediary" means an organization having an agreement with the federal government to process medicare claims under Part A.
"Full-scope coverage" means that the client is entitled to the benefits in the scope of service categories under WAC 182-501-0060.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 13-14-019, filed 6/24/13, effective 7/25/13)
WAC 182-504-0005Washington apple health—Retroactive certification period.
(1) The medicaid agency approves a retroactive Washington apple health (WAH) certification period for the three months immediately before the month of application when an individual:
(a) Requests retroactive WAH on his or her application, within the certification period following the retroactive period, or before the determination of benefits and any appeal process is final;
(b) Would have been eligible for WAH for any or all of the three months if he or she had applied during the retroactive period; and
(c) The individual received covered medical services as described in WAC 182-501-0060 and 182-501-0065.
(2) When an individual is eligible only during the three-month retroactive certification period, that period is the only period of certification, except when:
(a) A pregnant ((woman))individual is eligible in one of the three months immediately before the month of application, but no earlier than the month of conception. Eligibility continues as described in WAC 182-504-0015(3).
(b) An individual who is applying within 12 months of their last pregnancy end date is eligible for after-pregnancy coverage in one of the three months immediately before the month of application. Eligibility continues as described in WAC 182-504-0015(4).
(c) A child is eligible for categorically needy (CN) WAH as described in WAC 182-505-0210 (1) through (5) and (7) in at least one of the three months immediately before the month of application. Eligibility after the retroactive period continues as described in WAC 182-504-0015(11).
(3) An individual applying for the medically needy (MN) spenddown program may be eligible for a retroactive certification period as described in WAC 182-504-0020.
(4) An individual applying for a medicare savings program may be eligible for a retroactive certification period as described in WAC 182-504-0025.