WSR 04-19-133

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed September 21, 2004, 4:17 p.m. , effective October 22, 2004 ]


Purpose: Amend WAC 388-434-0010 How do I get Basic Food benefits after my certification period has ended?, to clarify the eligibility requirements surrounding verification requirements and procedures at recertification. Also, this filing will update program language to "Basic Food" for consistency, and incorporate changes necessary to support the implementation of simplified reporting.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-434-0010.

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

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-16-104 on August 3, 2004.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: September 20, 2004.

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3442.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-18-083, filed 8/30/02, effective 10/1/02)

WAC 388-434-0010   How do I get Basic Food ((assistance)) benefits after my certification period has ended?   To keep getting Basic Food ((assistance)) benefits after your certification period in WAC 388-416-0005 has ended, we must determine if you are still eligible for benefits. This is called recertification.

(1) To be recertified for Basic Food ((assistance)), you must:

(a) Turn in and sign an application for benefits as required under WAC 388-406-0010. If you complete an electronic application, your signature is the password you use to complete the electronic application;

(b) Complete an interview if you are required to have an interview under WAC 388-452-0005; and

(c) Submit needed proof of your circumstances if we ask for it.

(2) If you reapply timely and get recertified before your certification period ends, we will keep depositing your benefits into your EBT (electronic benefit transfer) account on the same day of the month. To reapply timely, we must get your application by((:

(a))) the fifteenth day of the last month of your certification period((; or

(b) The fifteenth day after you get your approval letter for food assistance when your certification period is two months or less)).

(3) When we decide if you are eligible for benefits, we will send you a letter to tell you that your benefits have been approved or denied as required under chapter 388-458 WAC.

(4) If you reapply timely and complete the steps required in subsection (1) by the fifteenth day of the last month of your certification period, you get the approval or denial letter((:

(a))) by the end of your current certification period((if you completed the steps required in subsection (1) by the fifteenth day of the last month of your certification period; or

(b) By the thirtieth day after you got your last benefit amount if you were certified for one month.

(4))).

(5) If you do not turn in an application form by the end of your current certification period, you have not taken the action we require for you to get ongoing Basic Food ((assistance)) benefits. Your Basic Food ((assistance)) benefits stop at the end of your certification period.

(((5))) (6) If you turn in your application before your certification period ends, we start your Basic Food ((assistance)) from the first of the month of your new certification period after we determine if you are eligible((for food assistance)).

(a) If you do not reapply timely, your benefits for the first month of your new certification period may be delayed((.

(6))).

(b) You have until the end of the month following your certification period end date to complete an interview if required and provide any proof of your circumstances we requested.

(c) If you do not meet all requirements for verification by the end of the month following your certification end date, your recertification will not be approved.

(7) If you turn in your application after your certification period ends, we treat the application as a new application for benefits. We start your Basic Food ((assistance)) from the date you turned in the application after we determine if you are eligible ((for food assistance)).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, and Title 7, Chapter II, Part 273 of the Code of Federal Regulations. 02-18-083, 388-434-0010, filed 8/30/02, effective 10/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.05.057, and 74.08.090. 01-15-011, 388-434-0010, filed 7/6/01, effective 8/1/01; 98-16-044, 388-434-0010, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

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