WSR 05-22-100

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed November 1, 2005, 4:31 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 05-13-173.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The Division of Employment and Assistance Programs is amending WAC 388-478-0055 How much do I get from my state supplemental payments (SSP)?

Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East, Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503 (one block north of the intersection of Pacific Avenue S.E. and Alhadeff Lane, behind Goodyear Tire. A map or directions are available at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/docket.html or by calling (360) 664-6097), on December 6, 2005, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than December 7, 2005.

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., December 6, 2005.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Stephanie Schiller, DSHS Rules Consultant, by December 2, 2005, at TTY (360) 664-6178 or phone (360) 664-6097 or by e-mail at schilse@dshs.wa.gov.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This rule change is necessary to increase state supplemental payments to individuals residing in nursing facilities by $10 per month as mandated by the 2005 legislative session, ESSB 6090.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To comply with the legislature's budget directive.

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

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74,04.057, 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: Lorri Gagnon, 1009 College S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, (360) 725-4619.

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 by outlining the rules clients must meet in order to be eligible for the department's cash assistance or food benefit programs.

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."

November 1, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3556.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-07-024, filed 3/8/04, effective 4/8/04)

WAC 388-478-0055   How much do I get from my state supplemental payments (SSP)?   (1) The SSP is a payment from the state for certain SSI eligible people (see WAC 388-474-0012).

If you converted to the federal SSI program from state assistance in January 1974, because you were aged, blind, or disabled, and have remained continuously eligible for SSI since January 1974, the department calls you a grandfathered client. Social Security calls you a mandatory income level (MIL) client.

A change in living situation, cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) or federal payment level (FPL) can affect a grandfathered (MIL) client. A grandfathered (MIL) client gets a federal SSI payment and a SSP payment, which totals the higher of one of the following:

(a) The state assistance standard set in December 1973, unless you lived in a medical institution at the time of conversion, plus the federal cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) since then; or

(b) The current payment standard.

(2) The monthly SSP rates for eligible persons under WAC 388-474-0012 and individuals residing in an institution are:


SSP eligible persons Monthly SSP Rate
Individual (aged 65 and older) - Calendar Year ((2004)) 2005 $46.00
Individual (blind as determined by SSA) - Calendar Year ((2004)) 2005 $46.00
Individual with an ineligible spouse - Calendar Year ((2004)) 2005 $46.00
Grandfathered (MIL) Varies by individual based on federal requirements. Payments range between $0.54 and $199.77.


Medical institution Monthly SSP Rate
Individual $((11.62)) 21.62

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090. 04-07-024, 388-478-0055, filed 3/8/04, effective 4/8/04; 03-03-114, 388-478-0055, filed 1/21/03, effective 2/23/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.057. 01-19-024, 388-478-0055, filed 9/12/01, effective 11/1/01; 01-08-015, 388-478-0055, filed 3/23/01, effective 5/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090. 00-20-054, 388-478-0055, filed 9/29/00, effective 11/1/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.057. 00-11-130, 388-478-0055, filed 5/22/00, effective 7/1/00; 99-18-063, 388-478-0055, filed 8/30/99, effective 10/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.630. 99-04-103, 388-478-0055, filed 2/3/99, effective 3/6/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0055, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-511-1115.]