WSR 08-17-112

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed August 20, 2008, 9:39 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-04-077.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is amending WAC 388-561-0200 Annuities and adopting new WAC 388-561-0201 Annuities established on or after November 1, 2008. (This is the proposed effective date of the new WAC. The title of the WAC may change if the adoption date is different.)

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. A map or directions are available at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/docket.html or by calling (360) 664-6094), on September 23, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than September 24, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail schilse@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5 p.m. on September 23, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennisha Johnson, DSHS rules consultant, by September 16, 2008, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6094 or by e-mail at johnsjl4@dshs.wa.gov.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Amendments are necessary to meet the requirements of Section 6012 of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005. Section 6012 added new requirements to Title XIX of the Social Security Act pertaining to the treatment of annuities. WAC 388-561-0200 is being amended to include the new requirements of the DRA, clarify language, and update WAC references.

The department is creating WAC 388-561-0201 for new rules regarding annuities purchased on or after the effective date of the WAC.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: See above.

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

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 74.09.530.

Rule is necessary because of federal law, Section 6012 of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005.

Name of Proponent: Department of social and health services, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Lori Rolley, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, (360) 725-2271.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The department has analyzed the rules and determined that no new costs will be imposed on small businesses or nonprofit organizations.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Rules are exempt per RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii), relating only to client medical or financial eligibility.

August 15, 2008

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

4012.4
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-06-043, filed 3/5/01, effective 5/1/01)

WAC 388-561-0200   Annuities established prior to November 1, 2008.   (1) The department determines how annuities affect eligibility for medical programs.

(2) A revocable annuity is considered an available resource.

(3) An irrevocable annuity established prior to May 1, 2001 is not an available resource when issued by an individual, insurer, or other body licensed and approved to do business in the jurisdiction in which the annuity is established.

(4) The income from an irrevocable annuity, meeting the requirements of this section, is considered in determining eligibility and the amount of participation in the total cost of care. The annuity itself is not considered a resource or income.

(((4))) (5) An annuity established on or after May 1, 2001 and before November 1, 2008 will be considered an available resource unless it:

(a) Is irrevocable;

(b) Is paid out in equal monthly amounts within the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant;

(c) Is issued by an individual, insurer or other body licensed and approved to do business in the jurisdiction in which the annuity is established; and

(d) Names the department as the beneficiary of the remaining funds up to the total of Medicaid funds spent on the client during the client's lifetime. This subsection only applies if the annuity is in the client's name.

(((5))) (6) An irrevocable annuity established on or after May 1, 2001 and before November 1, 2008 that is not scheduled to be paid out in equal monthly amounts, can still be considered an unavailable resource if:

(a) The full pay out is within the actuarial life expectancy of the client; and

(b) The client:

(i) Changes the scheduled pay out into equal monthly payments within the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant; or

(ii) Requests that the department calculate and budget the payments as equal monthly payments within the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant. The income from the annuity remains unearned income to the annuitant.

(((6))) (7) An irrevocable annuity, established prior to May 1, 2001 that is scheduled to pay out beyond the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant, will be considered a resource transferred without adequate consideration at the time it was purchased. A penalty period of ineligibility, determined according to WAC 388-513-1365, may be imposed equal to the amount of the annuity to be paid out in excess of the annuitant's actuarial life expectancy.

(((7))) (8) An irrevocable annuity, established on or after May 1, 2001 and before November 1, 2008 that is scheduled to pay out beyond the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant, will be considered a resource transferred without adequate consideration at the time it was purchased. A penalty may be imposed equal to the amount of the annuity to be paid out in excess of the annuitant's actuarial life expectancy. The penalty for a client receiving:

(a) Long-term care benefits will be a period of ineligibility (see WAC 388-513-1365).

(b) Other medical benefits will be ineligibility in the month of application.

(((8))) (9) An irrevocable annuity is considered unearned income when the annuitant is:

(a) The client;

(b) The spouse of the client;

(c) The blind or disabled child, as defined in WAC 388-475-0050 (b) and (c), of the client; ((or))

(d) A person designated to use the annuity for the sole benefit of the client, client's spouse, or a blind or disabled child, as defined in WAC 388-475-0050 (b) and (c), of the client.

(((9))) (10) An annuity is not considered an available resource when there is a joint owner, co-annuitant or an irrevocable beneficiary who will not agree to allow the annuity to be cashed, UNLESS the joint owner or irrevocable beneficiary is the community spouse. In the case of a community spouse, the cash surrender value of the annuity is considered an available resource and counts toward the maximum community spouse resource allowance.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500. 01-06-043, 388-561-0200, filed 3/5/01, effective 5/1/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 388-561-0201   Annuities established on or after November 1, 2008.   (1) The department determines how annuities affect eligibility for medical programs. Applicants and recipients of Medicaid must disclose to the state any interest the applicant or spouse has in an annuity.

(2) A revocable annuity is considered an available resource.

(3) The following annuities are not considered available resources:

(a) An annuity described in subsection (b) or (q) of section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;

(b) Purchased with proceeds from an account or trust described in subsection (a), (c), or (p) of section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;

(c) A simplified employee pension (within the meaning of section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986); or

(d) A Roth IRA described in section 408A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

(4) The purchase of an annuity established on or after November 1, 2008, will be considered as an available resource unless it:

(a) Is immediate, irrevocable, nonassignable; and

(b) Is paid out in equal monthly amounts with no deferral and no balloon payments:

(i) Over a term equal to the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant;

(ii) Over a term that is not less than five years if the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant is at least five years; or

(iii) Over a term not less than the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant, if the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant is less than five years.

(iv) Actuarial life expectancy shall be determined by tables that are published by the office of the chief actuary of the social security administration (http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/STATS/table4c6.html).

(c) Is issued by an individual, insurer or other body licensed and approved to do business in the jurisdiction in which the annuity is established;

(d) Names the state as the remainder beneficiary when the applicant is the annuitant:

(i) In the first position for the total amount of medical assistance paid for the individual, including both long-term care services and waiver services; or

(ii) In the second position for the total amount of medical assistance paid for the individual, including both long-term care services and waiver services, if there is a community spouse, or a minor or disabled child as defined in WAC 388-475-0050 (b) and (c) who is named as the beneficiary in the first position.

(e) Names the state as the beneficiary upon the death of the community spouse for the total amount of medical assistance paid on behalf of the individual at any time of any payment from the annuity if a community spouse is the annuitant;

(f) Names the state as the beneficiary in the first position for the total amount of medical assistance paid on behalf of the individual at the time of any payment from the annuity, including both long-term care services and waiver services, unless the annuitant has a community spouse or minor or disabled child, as defined in WAC 388-475-0050 (b) and (c). If the annuitant has a community spouse or minor or disabled child, such spouse or child may be named as beneficiary in the first position, and the state shall be named as beneficiary in the second position:

(i) If the community spouse, minor or disabled child, or representative for a child named as beneficiary is in the first position as described in (f) and transfers his or her right to receive payments from the annuity for less than fair market value, then the state shall become the beneficiary in the first position.

(5) If the annuity is not considered a resource, the stream of income produced by the annuity is considered available income.

(6) An irrevocable annuity established on or after November 1, 2008 that meets all of the requirements of subsection (4) except that it is not immediate or scheduled to be paid out in equal monthly amounts will not be treated as a resource if:

(a) The full pay out is within the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant; and

(b) The annuitant:

(i) Changes the scheduled pay out into equal monthly payments within the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant; or

(ii) Requests that the department calculate and budget the payments as equal monthly payments within the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant beginning with the month of eligibility. The income from the annuity remains unearned income to the annuitant.

(7) An irrevocable annuity, established on or after November 1, 2008 that is scheduled to pay out beyond the actuarial life expectancy of the annuitant, will be considered a resource.

(8) An irrevocable annuity established on or after November 1, 2008 that meets all of the requirements of subsection (4) or (5) is considered unearned income when the annuitant is:

(a) The client;

(b) The spouse of the client;

(c) The blind or disabled child, as defined in WAC 388-475-0050 (b) and (c), of the client; or

(d) A person designated to use the annuity for the sole benefit of the client, client's spouse, or a blind or disabled child of the client.

(9) An annuity is not considered an available resource when there is a joint owner, co-annuitant or an irrevocable beneficiary who will not agree to allow the annuity to be cashed, unless the joint owner or irrevocable beneficiary is the community spouse. In the case of a community spouse, the cash surrender value of the annuity is considered an available resource and counts toward the maximum community spouse resource allowance.

(10) Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing the department from denying eligibility for medical assistance for an individual based on the income or resources derived from an annuity other than an annuity described in subsections (3), (4), and (5).

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