(1) The department will review all preliminary applications for completeness. The department may request that an applicant provide additional information. If the applicant declines to provide the additional information requested by the department, the department will process the application and either approve or deny the preliminary application based upon the information supplied by the applicant.

(2) The department will approve preliminary applications which meet the criteria established by these rules and relevant statutes. Once all preliminary application certification requirements have been met, within 60 days of receipt of all required information from the MCO, the department will notify the applicant of the approval or denial of their preliminary application. An applicant that is aggrieved by a decision of the department may request administrative review of the decision or request a contested case hearing.

(3) If the department approves the preliminary application, the applicant may then prepare and submit a final application.

History: Sec. 39-71-203, 39-71-1103 and 39-71-1105 MCA; IMP, Sec. 39-71-1103 and 39-71-1105 MCA; NEW, 1994 MAR p. 420, Eff. 3/1/94.