WSR 04-13-098

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed June 21, 2004, 1:31 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-23-108.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 388-412-0015 General information about your basic food allotments.

Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East (behind Goodyear Courtesy Tire), Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA on July 27, 2004, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than July 28, 2004.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA, e-mail fernaax@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., July 27, 2004.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Fred Swenson, DSHS Rules Consultant, by July 23, 2004, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6097.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The amendment is to clarify the rule regarding receiving duplicate assistance in two assistance units or in two states in the same month for the Washington Basic Food program.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: This change will clarify the WAC for DSHS workers, the public, and clients.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, and 74.08.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, and 74.08.090.

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

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

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Patti Clark, 1009 College S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, (360) 413-3084.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This proposed rule does not have an economic impact on small businesses, it only affects DSHS clients.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. These amendments are exempt as allowed under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii) which states in-part, "[t]his section does not apply to....rules of the department of social and health services relating only to client medical or financial eligibility and rules concerning liability for care of dependents."

June 14, 2004

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3421.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-22-038, filed 10/28/03, effective 12/1/03)

WAC 388-412-0015   General information about your Basic Food allotments.   (1) Your monthly Basic Food benefits are called an allotment. An allotment is the total dollar value of benefits your eligible assistance unit (AU) gets for a calendar month.

(2) You cannot receive the same type of benefit in:

(a) Two states in the same month;

(b) Two AUs in the same month, unless;

(c) You left the AU to live in a shelter for battered women and children. See WAC 388-408-0045.

(3) If your AU does not have any countable net income, you get the maximum allotment for the number of eligible people in your AU. See WAC 388-478-0060 for the maximum allotments.

(((3))) (4) If your AU has countable net income under WAC 388-450-0162, we calculate, your allotment by:

(a) Multiplying your AU's countable net monthly income by thirty percent;

(b) Rounding this amount up to the next whole dollar; and

(c) Subtracting the result from the maximum allotment.

(((4))) (5) If we determine you are eligible for Basic Food, your first month's benefits are from the date you applied for benefits through the end of the month of your application. If there was a delay in processing your application, we determine when your benefits start under WAC 388-406-0055. This is called proration and is based on a thirty-day month.

(((5))) (6) If you apply for benefits on or after the sixteenth of the month, and we determine you are eligible for Basic Food, we issue both your first and second months benefits in one allotment if you are eligible for both months.

(((6))) (7) If your prorated benefits for the first month are under ten dollars, you will not receive an allotment for the first month.

(((7))) (8) If your AU has one or two members, your monthly allotment will be at least ten dollars unless:

(a) It is the first month of your certification period;

(b) Your AU is eligible for only a partial month; and

(c) We reduced your first month's allotment below ten dollars based on the date ((your)) you became eligible for Basic Food under WAC 388-406-0055.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510. 03-22-038, 388-412-0015, filed 10/28/03, effective 12/1/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.510 and 74.08.090. 01-18-054, 388-412-0015, filed 8/30/01, effective 9/30/01; 99-16-024, 388-412-0015, filed 7/26/99, effective 9/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-412-0015, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

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