WSR 05-17-089

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed August 12, 2005, 4:24 p.m. , effective September 12, 2005 ]


Purpose: DSHS is amending WAC 388-412-0025 How do I get my benefits?, to simplify language and replace an incorrect Department of Revenue phone number.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-412-0025.

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

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-13-171 on June 21, 2005.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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: August 9, 2005.

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3558.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-22-038, filed 10/28/03, effective 12/1/03)

WAC 388-412-0025   How do I get my benefits?   (1) Your cash benefits are sent to you by either:

(a) Electronic benefit transfer (EBT)((, electronic benefits)) card, which is a direct deposit into a DSHS account that you access with a debit card called the Washington EBT Quest card;

(b) Electronic funds transfer (EFT), which is a direct deposit into your own bank account;

(c) A check to a payee who is not approved for direct deposit; or

(((b))) (d) A check to you if you get:

(i) Diversion cash assistance (DCA) that cannot be paid directly to a vendor;

(ii) Additional requirements for emergent needs (AREN) that cannot be paid directly to a vendor;

(iii) Ongoing additional requirements (OAR) that cannot be paid directly to a vendor;

(iv) Clothing and personal incidentals (CPI) payments; or

(v) State supplemental payment (SSP) and you do not receive your benefit through EFT.

(2) You use a Quest debit card to access your benefits in your EBT account. You get a personal identification number (PIN) that you must enter when using this card.

(3) Your Basic Food benefits are deposited into your EBT account ((under time frames)) on the day of the month defined in WAC 388-412-0020.

(4) We establish an EBT account for each AU that receives their benefits by EBT.

(5) We cancel your cash and Basic Food ((are canceled)) benefits when you do not use your EBT ((benefits)) account for three hundred sixty-five days.

(a) ((We cannot replace)) Basic Food benefits that were canceled because ((they were not used)) you did not use them for three hundred sixty-five days cannot be replaced.

(b) Cash benefits that were canceled because you did not use them for three hundred sixty-five days may be replaced. You have two years to contact the department of revenue in order to replace your cash benefits. You can contact department of revenue at ((1-800-435-2429)) 1-888-328-9271. After that time, you must contact the state treasurer to claim any canceled funds.

(6) You must use your cash and Basic Food benefits from your EBT account. We do not convert cash or Basic Food benefits to checks.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510. 03-22-038, 388-412-0025, filed 10/28/03, effective 12/1/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.510 and 74.08.090. 02-18-105, 388-412-0025, filed 9/3/02, effective 10/4/02; 01-18-054, 388-412-0025, filed 8/30/01, effective 9/30/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-412-0025, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

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