WSR 03-08-066

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed March 31, 2003, 3:55 p.m. , effective April 1, 2003 ]

Date of Adoption: March 17, 2003.

Purpose: These amendments change income standards to reflect the new federal poverty level (FPL). These changes will increase the number of people eligible for the medical programs based on the FPL, for example, pregnant women and children.

The department has filed a preproposal statement of inquiry as WSR 03-06-058, and is taking appropriate steps to adopt permanent rules reflecting the revised income standards.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-478-0075.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.09.530 and the poverty guidelines updated annually in the Federal Register by the United States Department of Health and Human Services under authority of Section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (42 U.S.C. 9902(2)).

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest; and that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.

Reasons for this Finding: The increase in FPL must be effective by April 1, 2003, to comply with federal requirements.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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: April 1, 2003.

March 17, 2003

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3213.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-17-030, filed 8/12/02, effective 9/12/02)

WAC 388-478-0075   Medical programs--Monthly income standards based on the federal poverty level (FPL).   (1) The department bases the income standard upon the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for the following medical programs:

(a) Pregnant women's program up to one hundred eighty-five percent of FPL;

(b) Children's categorically needy program up to two hundred percent of FPL;

(c) Healthcare for workers with disabilities (HWD) up to two hundred twenty percent of FPL; and

(d) The state children's health insurance program (SCHIP) is over two hundred percent of FPL but under two hundred fifty percent of FPL.

(2) Beginning April 1, ((2002)) 2003, the monthly FPL standards are:


FAMILY

SIZE

100%

FPL

185%

FPL

200%

FPL

220%

FPL

250%

FPL

1 $((739))

749

$((1366)) 1385 $((1477)) 1497 $((1625)) 1647 $((1846)) 1871
2 $((995)) 1010 $((1841)) 1869 $((1990)) 2020 $((2189)) 2222 $((2488)) 2525
3 $((1252)) 1272 $((2316)) 2353 $((2504)) 2544 $((2754)) 2798 $((3130)) 3180
4 $((1509)) 1534 $((2791)) 2837 $((3017)) 3067 $((3319)) 3374 $((3771)) 3834
5 $((1765)) 1795 $((3266)) 3321 $((3530)) 3590 $((3883)) 3949 $((4413)) 4488
6 $((2022)) 2057 $((3741)) 3805 $((4044)) 4114 $((4448)) 4525 $((5055)) 5142
7 $((2279)) 2319 $((4215)) 4289 $((4557)) 4637 $((5013)) 5101 $((5696)) 5796
8 $((2535)) 2580 $((4690)) 4773 $((5070)) 5160 $((5577)) 5676 $((6338)) 6450
9 $((2792)) 2842 $((5165)) 5258 $((5584)) 5684 $((6142)) 6252 $((6980)) 7105
10 $((3049)) 3104 $((5640)) 5742 $((6097)) 6207 $((6707)) 6828 $((7621)) 7759
Add to the ten person standard for each person over ten:
$((257))

262

$((475))

485

$((514))

524

$((565))

576

$((642))

655


(3) There are no resource limits for the programs under this section.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.08A.100, 74.09.080, and 74.09.415. 02-17-030, 388-478-0075, filed 8/12/02, effective 9/12/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 74.09.510, and Section 1902 (a)(10)(A)(ii)(XV) and (XVI) of the Social Security Act. 02-07-090, 388-478-0075, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.09.530, and Section 673(2) (42 U.S.C. 9902(2)). 01-18-056, 388-478-0075, filed 8/30/01, effective 9/30/01; 00-17-085, 388-478-0075, filed 8/14/00, effective 9/14/00; 99-19-005, 388-478-0075, filed 9/3/99, effective 10/4/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0075, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-507-0805, 388-508-0810, 388-509-0910, 388-509-0920, 388-509-0940 and 388-509-0960.]

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