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Upcoming public hearings

The following is a list of upcoming public hearings on our proposed rules.

What information can I find?

  • A list of proposed rules scheduled for that hearing.
  • The contact person for more information about the proposed rules.
  • Washington State Register (WSR) publication numbers.
  • A link to the Proposed Rule Making Order (CR-102) and the proposed rule text.

Select the WSR number (e.g., WSR 13-17-104) to view or print a copy of the CR-102 and proposed rule text.

To comment on any CR-102, email the HCA rules coordinator or testify at the public hearing in person or virtually. If you have questions about the rule, send a message to the contact person.

Where are hearings held?

Until further notice, public hearings are being held virtually.

Virtual hearings

How to register for hearing

  1. Expand the container for the rule you are interested in.
  2. Find the Proposed Rule Making Order (CR-102) hearing you want to attend.
  3. Click the link for the WSR to open the CR-102.
  4. On the CR-102, click the registration link on the right (under Comment). (If the registration page returns an error message, please try a different browser.)
  5. Enter your registration information, including a valid email address. This registration information is part of the public hearing record and is subject to public disclosure.

Once you have registered, you will be emailed a link to the webinar. Each link is unique to the registrant. Registrants may not share links.

Additional information about virtual hearings

  • The webinar audio is recorded.
  • Attendees are automatically on mute.
  • Attendees cannot be seen by other attendees, except for Health Care Authority (HCA) staff who may be in attendance in the HCA conference room where the virtual hearing is being conducted.
  • Attendees who wish to testify must wait for the specific rule they are interested in to be read, then select the “Raise your hand” option.
  • The hearing officer will call on each attendee who has a hand raised, one at a time, and unmute their mic. At that time, the attendee may begin their testimony.
  • The hearing officer may limit public testimony to a specific timeframe because of time constraints. Written comments may also be submitted to supplement testimony.
  • The hearing officer may mute and dismiss (remove) an attendee from a public hearing if the attendee is disruptive or offensive. If removed from the public hearing, the attendee will not be able reenter the hearing.

Written comments can also be submitted through the remainder of the day of the public hearing. Email written comments to arc@hca.wa.gov.

Scheduled hearings

Administrative day rate and swing bed day rate
Affected WAC: 182-550-4550
Accepting comments
Hearing Date: 1/25/2022
Description: The agency is amending WAC 182-550-4550 to provide hospitals an administrative day rate for days in which a postpartum client does not meet criteria for acute inpatient level of care but their infant is still an inpatient being observed for potential neonatal abstinence/opioid withdrawal syndrome and the primary and appropriate first line treatment for the infant is continuous care by the parent.
Agency contact:
Brian Jensen, rule writer
360-725-0815
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 22-01-015
Hearing Date: 1/25/2022
*Comments due by 1/25/2022
Coverage after the public health emergency (PHE) ends
Affected WAC: Chapter 182-521-0200
Accepting comments
Hearing Date: 1/25/2022
Description: Certain Medicaid programs extended coverage to clients during PHE. Rulemaking is needed to avoid a gap in coverage between the time PHE ends and the time similar coverage is reinstated under Medicaid verification procedures that existed before the PHE.
Agency contact:
Melinda Froud, rule writer
360-725-1408
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 22-01-046
Hearing Date: 1/25/2022
*Comments due by 1/25/2022
Home Health Services
Affected WAC: 182-551-2000, 182-551-2010, 182-551-2115, 182-551-2130
Accepting comments
Hearing Date: 1/25/2022
Description: The 2021-2023 operating budget included a proviso (Chapter 334, Laws of 2021, section 211(65)) specifying that certain appropriated funds are provided to reimburse social workers as part of the medical assistance home health benefit. The agency is amending home health rules in chapter 182-551 WAC, subchapter II, to include medical social services within the home health program.
Agency contact:
Brian Jensen, rule writer
360-725-0815
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 22-01-132
Hearing Date: 1/25/2022
*Comments due by 1/25/2022
Outpatient Hospital - Conditions of Payment
Affected WAC: 182-550-6000
Accepting comments
Hearing Date: 1/25/2022
Description: The agency is amending subsection (3)(c) of this rule, which states that the agency does not pay separately for certain services provided within one calendar day of an inpatient hospital admission. The agency is adding to this subsection to state that separate payments are not made for certain services provided within one calendar day of discharge. The agency also intends to remove subsections (6) and (7). These subsections reference the maximum allowable fee schedule and the hospital outpatient rate for payment of certain services. The agency is making these changes because it does not use these payment methods, but instead uses the enhanced ambulatory payment group (EAPG) method to determine payments, consistent with WAC 182-550-7200.
Agency contact:
Melinda Froud, rule writer
360-725-1408
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 22-01-045
Hearing Date: 1/25/2022
*Comments due by 1/25/2022
Peer Services
Affected WAC: 182-115-0100, 182-115-0200
Accepting comments
Hearing Date: 2/8/2022
Description: The authority intends to adopt rules to define the process of becoming a behavioral health certified peer counselor.
Agency contact:
Valerie Freudenstein, rule writer
360-725-1344
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 22-02-027
Hearing Date: 2/8/2022
*Comments due by 2/8/2022
Oral health connections pilot project
Affected WAC: 182-535-1270
Accepting comments
Hearing Date: 2/22/2022
Description: The agency is amending these rules to extend the program through December 31, 2023. Additionally, the agency is removing age limits and dual eligibility exclusions. The enhanced rate will now include an additional adult prophylaxis, an additional fluoride varnish application, two periodic exams and two silver diamine fluoride treatment.
Agency contact:
Valerie Freudenstein, rule writer
360-725-1344
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 22-02-073
Withdrawn
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 22-03-091
Hearing Date: 2/22/2022
*Comments due by: 2/22/2022