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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).
  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 in the GoToWebinar.
  • 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

Proof of delivery
Affected WAC: 182-543-2200
Accepting comments
Hearing date: 4/27/2021
Description: The Health Care Authority is revising this section to temporarily eliminate the requirement for date and signature from the Medicaid client or the client’s designee upon delivery of medical equipment and supplies.
Agency contact:
Valerie Freudenstein, rule writer
360-725-1344
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-06-114
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-07-012
Hearing date: 4/27/2021
*Comments due 4/27/2021
Continuing requirements
Affected WAC: 182-502-0016
Accepting comments
Hearing date: 4/27/2021
Description: The agency is creating a new section within this chapter to meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) milestone requirement 3 regarding the agency’s Section 1115 Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Waiver Implementation Plan. Milestone 3 requires the adoption of rules reflecting the requirement that residential treatment facilities offer medication assisted treatment access on-site or facilitate off-site access. The agency is also initiating this rulemaking to implement provisions of RCW 71.24.585 related to behavioral health agencies and medication assisted treatment. Initially this rulemaking was proposed as a new section 182-502-0016a. The agency decided to add the proposed language into the existing WAC section, 182-502-0016, instead of creating a new section.
Agency contact:
Michael Williams, rule writer
360-725-1346
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-07-067
Hearing date: 4/27/2021
*Comments due 4/27/2021
Tailored supports for older adults (TSOA) - Presumptive eligibility (PE)
Affected WAC: 182-513-1620
Accepting comments
Hearing date: 4/27/2021
Description: The Health Care Authority (HCA) is revising this section to mirror language in WAC 388-106-1910 to alleviate confusion caused by the discrepancies in the language between the two sections.
Agency contact:
Jason Crabbe, rule writer
360-725-9563
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-07-112
Hearing date: 4/27/2021
*Comments due 4/27/2021
SSI-related medical - All other excluded income
Affected WAC: 182-512-0550
Accepting comments
Hearing date: 4/27/2021
Description: Some clients receiving long-term services and supports (LTSS) have accumulated resources under requirements described in section 6008 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that may result in their loss of coverage when the public health emergency (PHE) ends. The proposed amendment allows the client to spend down these excess resources over 12 months beginning the month following the end of the PHE. Also, the interim rule with comment published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that is being codified in 42 C.F.R. 433.400 requires action on changes in circumstances for these clients, which had been prohibited under FFCRA. Without this amendment, this action will have a disproportionate impact on some clients receiving LTSS. Depending on which program is providing services and where the client lives, at home or in an institution, some will have to spend down these accumulated resources on their cost of care, while others would keep to spend them through the end of the PHE.
Agency contact:
Michael Williams, rule writer
360-725-1346
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-07-122
Hearing date: 4/27/2021
*Comments due 4/27/2021
Spousal impoverishment
Affected WAC: 182-513-1100, 182-513-1215, 182-513-1220, 182-513-1235, 182-513-1660
Accepting comments
Hearing date: 04/27/2021
Description: The agency is revising these sections as allowed in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 extension of spousal impoverishment protections and updating the time frame for institutionalization for Roads to Community Living (RCL) from 90 days to 60 days.
Agency contact:
Valerie Freudenstein, rule writer
360-725-1344
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-07-033
Hearing date: 04/27/2021
*Comments due 04/27/2021
Administrative hearings and appeals
Affected WAC: 182-51-1800, 182-526-0005, 182-70-110, 182-70-655, 182-70-660, 182-526-0195, 182-526-0203, 182-526-0205, 182-526-0206
Accepting comments
Hearing date: 5/11/2021
Description: Revisions to these sections are necessary due to the revisions HCA is making to WAC 182-526-0005, Purpose and scope, which HCA filed a CR-101 under WSR 20-11-072 on May 20, 2020. Consistency is needed between Chapters 182-51, 182-70, and 182-526 WAC regarding hearings and appeals.
Agency contact:
Jason Crabbe, rule writer
360-725-9563
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-08-062
Hearing date: 5/11/2021
*Comments due 5/11/2021