WSR 04-07-024

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed March 8, 2004, 4:13 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: March 5, 2004.

Purpose: To amend the rule additional categories of supplemental security income (SSI) recipients who get a state supplemental payment (SSP) along with their respective payment rates. Supplemental security income (SSI) payment rates have been deleted from the WAC because SSI benefit amounts are not related to the state supplemental payment program.

When effective this permanent rule replaces an emergency rule filed as WSR 04-02-011 on December 29, 2004.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-478-0055.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 03-21-124 (original notice) on October 20, 2003, and supplemental notice WSR 04-03-096 on January 20, 2004.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: An SSP payment rate change occurred after the original proposed filing, WSR 03-21-124. The draft changes were posted to the department's policy review page for stakeholder comment, and a supplemental CR-102 proposed rule-making notices reflecting the rate changes was filed as WSR 04-03-096.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

March 5, 2004

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3300.6
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-03-114, filed 1/21/03, effective 2/23/03)

WAC 388-478-0055   How much do I get from my ((Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and)) state supplemental payments (SSP)?   (1) ((SSI is a federal cash assistance program for needy individuals and couples who meet federal disability guidelines as aged, blind or disabled.)) The SSP is a payment from the state for certain SSI eligible people (see WAC 388-474-0012).

((If you are eligible for SSI, you may receive a federal cash payment from the federal Social Security Administration, as well as a SSP cash payment from the state.))

If you ((were)) converted to the federal SSI program from state assistance ((to the federal SSI program in January 1974)) in January 1974, because you were aged, blind, or disabled, and have remained continuously eligible for SSI since January 1974, the department calls you a grandfathered client. Social Security calls you a mandatory income level (MIL) client. ((To be a grandfathered (MIL) client, you must have remained continuously eligible for SSI from January 1974.))

A change in living situation, cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) or federal payment level (FPL) can affect a grandfathered (MIL) client. A grandfathered (MIL) client gets a federal SSI payment and a SSP payment, which totals the higher of one of the following:

(a) The state assistance standard set in December 1973, unless you lived in a medical institution at the time of conversion, plus the federal cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) since then; or

(b) The current payment standard.

(2) The ((federal, state and combined payment level for an eligible individual and couple are:

(a) If you are living alone.)) monthly SSP rates for eligible persons under WAC 388-474-0012 and individuals residing in an institution are:


((LIVING ALONE - In own household or alternate care, except nursing homes or medical institutions)) SSP eligible persons ((Federal

Payment Level))

((State Supplement

Payment Level)) Monthly SSP Rate

((Combined Federal/

State Payment Level))

Individual (aged 65 and older) -Calendar Year 2004 (($552.00)) $((0.00)) 46.00 (($552.00))
Individual ((with:

One essential person)) (blind as determined by SSA) -Calendar Year 2004

((829.00)) ((0.00)) $46.00 ((829.00))
Individual with an ineligible spouse - Calendar Year 2004 (($552.00)) $((100.00)) 46.00 (($652.00))
((Couple)) Grandfathered (MIL) (($829.00)) (($0.00)) Varies by individual based on federal requirements. Payments range between $0.54 and $199.77. (($829.00))
((Couple with one essential person)) (($829.00)) (($0.00)) (($829.00))

(((b) If you are in shared living.))


((SHARED LIVING - In the home of another person)) Medical institution ((Federal

Payment Level))

((State Supplement Payment Level)) Monthly SSP Rate ((Combined Federal/

State Payment Level))

Individual (($368.00)) $((0.00)) 11.62 (($368.00))
((Individual with:

One essential person))

((665.00)) ((0.00)) ((665.00))
((Individual with an ineligible spouse)) (($368.00)) (($100.00)) (($468.00))
((Couple)) (($552.67)) (($0.00)) (($552.67))
((Couple with one essential person)) (($665.00)) (($0.00)) (($665.00))

(((c) If you are residing in a medical institution: Area 1 and 2.))


((MEDICAL INSTITUTION)) ((Federal

Payment Level))

((State Supplement Payment Level)) ((Combined

Payment Level))

((Individual)) (($ 30.00)) (($ 11.62)) (($ 41.62))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090. 03-03-114, 388-478-0055, filed 1/21/03, effective 2/23/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.057. 01-19-024, 388-478-0055, filed 9/12/01, effective 11/1/01; 01-08-015, 388-478-0055, filed 3/23/01, effective 5/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090. 00-20-054, 388-478-0055, filed 9/29/00, effective 11/1/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.057. 00-11-130, 388-478-0055, filed 5/22/00, effective 7/1/00; 99-18-063, 388-478-0055, filed 8/30/99, effective 10/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.630. 99-04-103, 388-478-0055, filed 2/3/99, effective 3/6/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0055, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-511-1115.]

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