WSR 99-01-111

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

(Economic Services Administration)

[Filed December 18, 1998, 9:46 a.m.]



Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: WAC 388-478-0060 Income eligibility standards for food assistance.

Purpose: To publish the new income eligibility standards for food assistance.

The new standards are the basis upon which food stamp allotment will be based.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.500, 74.04.510, 74.08.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050.

Summary: This rule changes the basis upon which food assistance allotments are determined according to federal income standards.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Abiodun Aina, 1009 College Street S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, (360) 413-3074.

Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Income eligibility standards for food assistance.

The new rule establishes the basis upon which food assistance allotments are determined.

It is anticipated that new income eligibility standard will have a net increase in food allotment to most food assistance units.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The rule changes the income eligibility standards for food assistance in WAC 388-478-0060.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule does not affect business.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. This rule does not meet the definition of a significant legislative rule.

Hearing Location: Lacey Government Center (behind Tokyo Bento Restaurant), 1009 College Street S.E., Room 104-B, Lacey, WA 98503, on January 26, 1999, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Paige Wall by January 15, 1999, phone (360) 902-7540, TTY (360) 902-8324, e-mail pwall@dshs.wa.gov.

Submit Written Comments to: Identify WAC Numbers, Paige Wall, Rules Coordinator, Rules and Policies Assistance Unit, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, fax (360) 902-8292, by January 26, 1999.

Date of Intended Adoption: No sooner than January 27, 1999.

December 15, 1998

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

SHS-2495.2

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 98-16-044, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98)



WAC 388-478-0060  Income eligibility standards for food assistance. ((To be eligible for food assistance,)) (1) When an assistance unit receives cash benefits (TANF, GA-U, GA-S, etc.) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they do not have to meet the income standard.

(2) All households (assistance units), based on their size, must have income at or below ((both the maximum gross and net monthly income standards)) the limits shown in column B to be eligible for food assistance, except as follows:

(((1) Assistance units with an elderly or disabled member must have income at or below only the maximum net monthly income standard.

(2) Assistance units in which all members are receiving cash assistance or SSI do not have to meet the maximum gross or net monthly income standards)) (a) Column C is to be used when an assistance unit includes a person sixty years or older, or with disabilities;

(b) Column E is to be used when determining separate household status for an elderly person and a person with permanent disability, as described in WAC 388-408-0035 (1)(d).

((EFFECTIVE 10-1-97))
((Household Size)) ((Maximum Gross Monthly Income)) ((Maximum Net Monthly Income)) ((165% of the Poverty Level)) ((Maximum Allotment))
((1 $ 855 $ 658 $1,085 $122
2 1,150 885 1,459 224
3 1,445 1,111 1,833 321
4 1,739 1,338 2,207 408
5 2,034 1,565 2,581 485
6 2,329 1,791 2,955 582
7 2,623 2,018 3,329 643
8 2,918 2,245 3,703 735
9 3,213 2,472 4,077 827
10 3,508 2,699 4,451 919
Each Additional Member .+295 .+227 .+374 .+92 ))


EFFECTIVE 10-1-98
Column A

Household Size

Column B Maximum Gross Monthly Income Column C Maximum Net Monthly Income Column D Maximum Allotment Column E

165% of Poverty Level

1 $ 873 $ 671 $125 $1,107
2 1,176 905 230 1,492
3 1,479 1,138 329 1,877
4 1,783 1,371 419 2,262
5 2,086 1,605 497 2,647
6 2,389 1,838 597 3,032
7 2,693 2,071 659 3,417
8 2,996 2,305 754 3,802
9 3,300 2,539 848 4,187
10 3,604 2,773 942 4,572
Each Additional Member .+304 .+234 .+94 .+385



[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0060, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]



Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

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