WSR 08-14-103

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed June 30, 2008, 9:47 a.m. , effective July 1, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: July 1, 2008.

Purpose: The department is proposing to amend by emergency adoption WAC 388-478-0005 Cash assistance need and payment standards and grant maximum, to comply with ESHB 2687, section 207 (1)(e) requiring a 3% increase in the payment standards for TANF, SFA and RCA.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-478-0005.

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

Other Authority: ESHB 2687, section 207 (1)(e).

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: ESHB 3687 provides for a 3% increase in payment standards for TANF, SFA and RCA and requires an increase in the maximum payment allowed. The department is filing a CR-101 for the regular adoption of this WAC change.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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 20, 2008.

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-05-010, filed 2/6/04, effective 3/8/04)

WAC 388-478-0005   Cash assistance need and payment standards and grant maximum.   (1) Need standards for cash assistance programs represent the amount of income required by individuals and families to maintain a minimum and adequate standard of living. Need standards are based on assistance unit size and include basic requirements for food, clothing, shelter, energy costs, transportation, household maintenance and operations, personal maintenance, and necessary incidentals.

(2) Payment standards for assistance units in medical institutions and other facilities are based on the need for clothing, personal maintenance, and necessary incidentals (see WAC 388-478-0040 and 388-478-0045).

(3) Need and payment standards for persons and families who do not reside in medical institutions and other facilities are based on their obligation to pay for shelter.

(a) Eligibility and benefit levels for persons and families who meet the requirements in WAC 388-478-0010 are determined using standards for assistance units with an obligation to pay shelter costs.

(b) Eligibility and benefit levels for all other persons and families are determined using standards for assistance units who have shelter provided at no cost.

(c) For recent arrivals to Washington state who apply for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), see WAC 388-468-0005.

(4) The monthly grant for an assistance unit containing eight or more persons cannot exceed the grant maximum ((of one thousand seventy-five dollars)) payment standard for a family of eight listed in WAC 388-478-0020(1).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057. 04-05-010, 388-478-0005, filed 2/6/04, effective 3/8/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0005, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

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