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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

Washington apple health – Gender affirming interventions for gender dysphoria
Affected WAC: 182-531-1675
Accepting comments
Hearing Date: 1/26/2021
Description: The agency is revising this rule to: • Remove the list of noncovered services currently in subsection (6)(e) of this rule and clarify that requests will be evaluated for medical necessity • Remove barriers and unnecessary administrative processes for the client and provider • Streamline the authorization process
Agency contact:
Melinda Froud, rule writer
360-725-1408
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-01-012
Hearing Date: 1/26/2021
*Comments due by 2/9/2021
Drugs purchased under the Public Health Service (PHS) Act
Affected WAC: 182-530-7900
Accepting comments
Hearing date: 1/26/2021
Description: The agency is revising this section to clarify that as part of participation in the 340B program, providers must agree, via an annual attestation form, that all claims for Washington Apple Health clients in both fee-for-service and managed care are subject to their respective 340B rules. The agency is amending subsection (4) to include under the Medicaid fee-for-service program.
Agency contact:
Valerie Freudenstein, rule writer
360-725-1344
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 20-02-073
Hearing date: 2/4/2020
Comments due: 2/4/2020
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-01-021
Hearing date: 1/26/2021
*Comments due: 1/26/2021
Washington Apple Health Exception to Rule
Affected WAC: 182-503-0090
Accepting comments
Hearing Date: 1/26/2021
Description: The agency is amending WAC 182-503-0090 to specify the Department of Social and Health Services administrations responsible for processing exceptions to rule related to long-term services and supports programs. The agency is also making nonsubstantive changes for consistency with other agency rules.
Agency contact:
Brian Jensen, rule writer
360-725-0815
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-01-044
Hearing Date: 1/26/2021
*Comments due by 1/26/2021
Billing Requirements - pharmacy claim payment
Affected WAC: 182-530-5000
Accepting comments
Hearing date: 2/9/2021
Description: The agency is amending this rule to revise the signature requirement for pharmacy products dispensed and delivered directly to a Medicaid client or their provider’s office. The proposed rule requires either the client or the provider to sign for delivered products. The new signature requirement ensures proof of delivery for prescriptions sent to a provider’s office, which decreases the potential for Medicaid fraud and duplicate billing.
Agency contact:
Melinda Froud, rule writer
360-725-1408
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-02-072
Hearing date: 2/9/2021
*Comments due by 2/9/2021
Partnership Access Line and Psychiatric Consultation Line
Affected WAC: 182-110-0100, 182-110-0200, 182-110-0300, 182-110-0400, 182-110-0500
Accepting comments
Hearing date: 2/23/2021
Description: The agency intends to develop rules to implement the requirements of SHB 2728, which requires the Health Care Authority to: 1) Calculate the annual costs to operate and administer the partnership lines described in SHB 2728; 2) Calculate the proportion of clients covered by Medicaid program; and 3) Collect a proportional share of program costs from entities that are not for covered lives under contract with HCA as Medicaid managed care organizations.
Agency contact:
Melinda Froud, rule writer
360-725-1408
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-03-074
Hearing date: 2/23/2021
*Comments due by 2/23/2021
Maternity support services - Professional staff qualifications and interdisciplinary team
Affected WAC: 182-533-0327
Accepting comments
Hearing date: 2/23/2021
Description: The agency is amending this rule to replace "Chemical Dependency Professional" with "Substance Use Disorder Professional". This change aligns with RCW 18.205.020.
Agency contact:
Michael Williams, rule writer
360-725-1346
Proposal (CR102) - WSR 21-03-075
Hearing date: 2/23/2021
*Comments due 2/23/2021