WSR 08-10-020

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed April 25, 2008, 10:15 a.m. , effective April 25, 2008, 10:15 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: The department is adopting these rule amendments to comply with federal standards changes effective January 1, 2008, and April 1, 2007.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-478-0070 and 388-478-0080.

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

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: Federal standards are changing effective January 1, 2008, leaving the current rules out of compliance with federal requirements.

This continues the emergency rule that is currently in effect under WSR 08-02-058 while the department completes the permanent rule-making process. The department has filed the permanent rule proposal (CR-102) under WSR 08-06-075 and held a public hearing on April 8, 2008.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: April 10, 2008.

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-06-013, filed 2/17/06, effective 3/20/06)

WAC 388-478-0070   Monthly income and countable resource standards for medically needy (MN).   (((1) Beginning January 1, 2006, the medically needy income level (MNIL) is:


(((a) One person $603
(b) Two persons $603
(c) Three persons $667
(d) Four persons $742
(e) Five persons $858
(f) Six persons $975
(g) Seven persons $1,125
(h) Eight persons $1,242
(i) Nine persons $1,358
(j) Ten persons and more $1,483))

Changes to the medically needy income level (MNIL) occur on January 1st of each calendar year. Current income standards can be found at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/esa/manual/Standards_C_MedAsst_Chart.pdf.

(2) ((The MNIL)) Medically needy standards for ((a)) persons who ((meets)) meet institutional status requirements ((is)) are in WAC ((388-513-1305(3))) 388-513-1395. The standard for a client who lives in an alternate living facility can be found in WAC 388-513-1305.

(3) Find the resource standards for institutional programs in WAC 388-513-1350. The institutional standard chart can be found at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/manuals/eaz/sections/LongTermCare/LTCstandardspna.shtml.

(((3))) (4) Countable resource standards for the MN program ((is)) are:


(a) One person $2,000
(b) ((Two persons)) A legally married couple $3,000
(c) For each additional family member add $50

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 74.09.530, and Section 1924 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-5). 06-06-013, 388-478-0070, filed 2/17/06, effective 3/20/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). 05-06-090, 388-478-0070, filed 3/1/05, effective 4/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 42 U.S.C. 1396r-5. 02-10-116, 388-478-0070, filed 4/30/02, effective 5/31/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and Section 1924 (42 U.S.C. 1396R-5). 01-12-073, 388-478-0070, filed 6/4/01, effective 7/5/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, and 74.09.575. 00-10-095, 388-478-0070, filed 5/2/00, effective 5/2/00; 99-11-054, 388-478-0070, filed 5/17/99, effective 6/17/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0070, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-507-0710, 388-507-0720, 388-511-1115, 388-518-1820, 388-518-1830, 388-518-1840 and 388-518-1850.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-06-013, filed 2/17/06, effective 3/20/06)

WAC 388-478-0080   Supplemental security income (SSI) standards; SSI-related categorically needy income level (CNIL); and countable resource standards.   (1) The SSI payment standards, also known as the federal benefit rate (FBR), ((beginning)) change each January 1.((, 2006 are:

(a) Living alone (in own home or alternate care, does not include nursing homes or medical situations)


((Individual $603
Individual with an ineligible spouse $603
Couple $904

(b) Shared living (in the home of another)


Individual $402
Individual with an ineligible spouse $402
Couple $603

(c) Living in an institution


Individual $30))

(2) See WAC 388-478-0055 for the amount of the state supplemental payments (SSP) for SSI recipients.

(3) See WAC 388-513-1305 for standards of clients living in an alternate living facility.

(4) The SSI-related CNIL standards are the same as the SSI payment standards for single persons and couples. Those paying out shelter costs have a higher standard than people who have supplied shelter.((:


(((a) Single person $603
(b) Married couple - both eligible 904
(c) Supplied shelter - single person 402
(d) Supplied shelter couple - both eligible 603))

(((4))) (5) The countable resource standards for SSI and SSI-related CN medical programs are:


(a) One person $2,000
(b) A legally married couple $3,000

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 74.09.530, and Section 1924 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-5). 06-06-013, 388-478-0080, filed 2/17/06, effective 3/20/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). 05-06-090, 388-478-0080, filed 3/1/05, effective 4/1/05; 04-16-107, 388-478-0080, filed 8/3/04, effective 9/3/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 42 U.S.C. 1396r-5. 02-10-116, 388-478-0080, filed 4/30/02, effective 5/31/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and Section 1924 (42 U.S.C. 1396R-5). 01-12-073, 388-478-0080, filed 6/4/01, effective 7/5/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, and 74.09.575. 00-10-095, 388-478-0080, filed 5/2/00, effective 5/2/00; 99-11-054, 388-478-0080, filed 5/17/99, effective 6/17/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0080, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-511-1110.]

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