WSR 08-18-009

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed August 22, 2008, 8:16 a.m. , effective September 22, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: This rule change is needed to revise the payment standards and maximum earned income limits for the consolidated emergency assistance program (CEAP) to match the 3% increase for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), state family assistance (SFA) and refugee cash assistance (RCA), which went into effect July 1, 2008. An increase for TANF assistance was mandated in ESHB 2687 section 207 (1)(e). When effective, this permanent rule supersedes the emergency rule filed as WSR 08-14-101.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-436-0050.

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

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-14-123 on July 1, 2008.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: In subsection (2) of the WAC, under minor medical care for a two-person household, the number was changed from 335 to 234. The change was made to correct a typographical error.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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 21, 2008.

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

3985.4
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-16-044, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98)

WAC 388-436-0050   Determining financial need and benefit amount for CEAP.   (1) To be eligible for CEAP assistance, the assistance unit's nonexcluded income, minus allowable deductions, must be less than ninety percent of the TANF payment standard for households with shelter costs. The net income limit for CEAP assistance units is:


Assistance

Unit Members

Net Income Limit
1 $ ((314)) 323
2 ((396)) 407
3 ((491)) 505
4 ((577)) 594
5 ((666)) 685
6 ((756)) 779
7 ((873)) 900
8 or more ((967)) 996

(2) The assistance unit's allowable amount of need is the lesser of:

(a) The TANF payment standard, based on assistance unit size, for households with shelter costs as specified under WAC 388-478-0020; or

(b) The assistance unit's actual emergent need, not to exceed maximum allowable amounts, for the following items:

Need Item: Maximum allowable amount by assistance unit size:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 or more
Food $((211))

217

$((268))

276

$((332))

341

$((391))

402

$((450))

463

$((511))

526

$((583))

600

$((645))

664

Shelter ((258))

265

((325))

334

((404))

416

((476))

490

((548))

564

((621))

639

((719))

740

((795))

818

Clothing ((30))

31

((38))

39

((47))

48

((56))

57

((64))

65

((73))

75

((83))

85

((94))

96

Minor Medical Care ((179))

184

((228))

234

((282))

290

((332))

341

((382))

393

((432))

444

((501))

516

((554))

570

Utilities ((87))

89

((110))

113

((136))

140

((160))

164

((184))

189

((210))

216

((243))

250

((268))

276

Household maintenance ((64))

65

((81))

83

((100))

103

((118))

121

((136))

140

((155))

159

((178))

183

((197))

202

Job related transportation ((349))

359

((440))

453

((546))

562

((642))

661

((740))

762

((841))

866

((971))

1000

((1075))

1107


(3) The assistance unit's CEAP payment is determined by computing the difference between the allowable amount of need, as determined under subsection (2) of this section, and the total of:

(a) The assistance unit's net income, as determined under subsection (1) of this section;

(b) Cash on hand, if not already counted as income; and

(c) The value of other nonexcluded resources available to the assistance unit.

(4) The assistance unit is not eligible for CEAP if the amount of income and resources, as determined in subsection (3) of this section, is equal to or exceeds its allowable amount of need.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-436-0050, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

Washington State Code Reviser's Office