WSR 05-14-079

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed June 30, 2005, 1:57 p.m. , effective July 1, 2005 ]


Purpose: Increasing the spousal resource maximum from $41,000 to $41,943 effective July 1, 2005.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-513-1350.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.575, 74.09.500, and 74.09.530.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds 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: State law - RCW 74.09.575(3) - requires that every biennium beginning July 1, 2005, the department increase the allowable resource maximum for the spouse of an institutionalized Medicaid-eligible individual.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: June 10, 2005.

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3550.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 05-07-033, filed 3/9/05, effective 4/9/05)

WAC 388-513-1350   Defining the maximum amount of resources allowed and determining resources availability for long-term care (LTC) services.   This section describes how the department defines the resource standard and available resources when determining a client's eligibility for LTC services. The department uses the term "resource standard" to describe the maximum amount of resources a client can have and still be resource eligible for program benefits.

(1) The resource standard used to determine eligibility for LTC services equals:

(a) Two thousand dollars for:

(i) A single client; or

(ii) A legally married client with a community spouse, subject to the provisions described in subsections (5) through (8); or

(b) Three thousand dollars for a legally married couple, unless subsection (2) applies.

(2) If the department has already established eligibility for one spouse, then it applies the standard described in subsection (1)(a) to each spouse, unless doing so would make one of the spouses ineligible.

(3) The department applies the following rules when determining available resources for LTC services:

(a) WAC 388-475-0300, Resource eligibility and limits;

(b) WAC 388-475-0250, How to determine who owns a resource;

(c) WAC 388-470-0060(6), Resources of an alien's sponsor; and

(d) WAC 388-506-0620, SSI-related medical clients.

(4) For LTC services the department determines a client's nonexcluded resources as follows:

(a) For an SSI-related client, the department reduces available resources by excluding resources described in WAC 388-475-0350 through 388-475-0550;

(b) For an SSI-related client who has a community spouse, the department:

(i) Excludes resources described in WAC 388-513-1360; and

(ii) Adds together the available resources of both spouses according to subsection (5)(a) or (b) as appropriate;

(c) For a client not described in subsection (4)(a) or (b), the department applies the resource rules of the program used to relate the client to medical eligibility.

(5) The department determines available resources of a legally married client, when both spouses are institutionalized, by following WAC 388-506-0620 (5) and (6). For legally married clients when only one spouse meets institutional status, the following rules apply. If the client's current period of institutional status began:

(a) Before October 1, 1989, the department adds together one-half the total amount of nonexcluded resources held in the name of:

(i) The institutionalized spouse; or

(ii) Both spouses.

(b) On or after October 1, 1989, the department adds together the total amount of nonexcluded resources held in the name of:

(i) Either spouse; or

(ii) Both spouses.

(6) If subsection (5)(b) applies, the department determines the amount of resources that are allocated to the community spouse before determining nonexcluded resources used to establish eligibility for the institutionalized spouse, as follows:

(a) If the client's current period of institutional status began on or after October 1, 1989 and before August 1, 2003, the department allocates the maximum amount of resources ordinarily allowed by law. The maximum allocation amount is ninety-five thousand one hundred dollars effective January 1, 2005; or

(b) If the client's current period of institutional status began on or after August 1, 2003, the department allocates the greater of:

(i) A spousal share equal to one-half of the couple's combined nonexcluded resources as of the beginning of the current period of institutional status, up to the amount described in subsection (6)(a); or

(ii) The state spousal resource standard of ((forty thousand)) forty-one thousand, nine-hundred forty-three dollars effective July 1, 2005.

(7) The amount of the spousal share described in (6)(b)(i) is determined sometime between the date that the current period of institutional status began and the date that eligibility for LTC services is determined. The following rules apply to the determination of the spousal share:

(a) Prior to an application for LTC services, the couple's combined countable resources are evaluated from the date of the current period of institutional status at the request of either member of the couple. The determination of the spousal share is completed when necessary documentation and/or verification is provided; or

(b) The determination of the spousal share is completed as part of the application for LTC services if the client was institutionalized prior to the month of application, and declares the spousal share exceeds the state spousal resource standard. The client will be required to provide verification of the couple's combined countable resources held at the beginning of the current period of institutional status.

(8) The amount of allocated resources described in subsection (6) can be increased, only if:

(a) A court transfers additional resources to the community spouse; or

(b) An administrative law judge establishes in a fair hearing described in chapter 388-02 WAC or by consent order, that the amount is inadequate to provide a minimum monthly maintenance needs amount for the community spouse.

(9) The department considers resources of the community spouse unavailable to the institutionalized spouse the month after eligibility for LTC services is established, unless subsection (10)(a), (b), or (c) applies.

(10) A redetermination of the couple's resources as described in subsections (4)(b) or (c) is required, if:

(a) The institutionalized spouse has a break of at least thirty consecutive days in a period of institutional status;

(b) The institutionalized spouse's nonexcluded resources exceed the standard described in subsection (1)(a), if subsection (5)(b) applies; or

(c) The institutionalized spouse does not transfer the amount described in subsections (6) or (8) to the community spouse or to another person for the sole benefit of the community spouse as described in WAC 388-513-1365(4) by either:

(i) The first regularly scheduled eligibility review; or

(ii) The reasonable amount of additional time necessary to obtain a court order for the support of the community spouse.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). 05-07-033, 388-513-1350, filed 3/9/05, effective 4/9/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 74.09.575; 2003 1st sp.s. c 28, and section 1924 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396R-5). 04-04-072, 388-513-1350, filed 2/2/04, effective 3/4/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500 and Section 1924 (42 U.S.C. 1396R-5). 01-18-055, 388-513-1350, filed 8/30/01, effective 9/30/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 11.92.180, 43.20B.460, 48.85.020, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 74.09.530, 74.[09.]575, 74.09.585; 20 C.F.R. 416.1110-1112, 1123 and 1160; 42 C.F.R. 435.403 (j)(2) and 1005; and Sections 17, 1915(c), and 1924 (42 U.S.C. 1396) of the Social Security Act. 00-01-051, 388-513-1350, filed 12/8/99, effective 1/8/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.09.500. 99-06-045, 388-513-1350, filed 2/26/99, effective 3/29/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.530, 74.09.575 and Section 1924 (42 USC 1396r-5). 98-11-033, 388-513-1350, filed 5/14/98, effective 6/14/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090 and 74.09.575. 97-09-112, 388-513-1350, filed 4/23/97, effective 5/24/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and Title XIX State Agency Letter 95-44. 96-09-033 (Order 3963), 388-513-1350, filed 4/10/96, effective 5/11/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and Title XIX State Agency Letter 94-49, notice of increase in SSI level. 95-05-022 (Order 3832), 388-513-1350, filed 2/8/95, effective 3/11/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090. 94-23-129 (Order 3808), 388-513-1350, filed 11/23/94, effective 12/24/94; 94-10-065 (Order 3732), 388-513-1350, filed 5/3/94, effective 6/3/94. Formerly parts of WAC 388-95-337 and 388-95-340.]

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