SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Amends the current WAC to bring it into full compliance with Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009, Public law 111-3, Section 214. Specifically, the department is adding certain PRUCOL aliens in the group eligible for pregnancy medical and children's medical, and updating Social Security requirements. Also, amends the rule in order to allow special immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan to be eligible for federally funded benefits to the same extent and for the same period of time as refugees as allowed under federal law. This change must be implemented immediately to comply with Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010, Division A, Title VIII, Section 8120, Pub. L. No. 111-118.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-424-0009 and 388-424-0010.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.04.510, and 74.08A.120.
Other Authority: CHIPRA (Pub. L. No. 111-3 §214); Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010, Division A, Title VIII, Section 8120 (Pub. L. No. 111-118).
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest; and 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: Emergency rule adoption is required: (1) In order for the department to bring the WAC into compliance with federal CHIPRA legislation which extended medicaid benefits to not only qualified aliens but to certain PRUCOL aliens as well. (2) To extend the duration of eligibility of special immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan for federally funded benefits from eight months from the date of entry into the United States or date of adjustment to special immigrant status, to the same period of time as refugees as required by Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010. Division A, Title VIII, Section 8120, Public law No. 111-118 and to align special immigrants' eligibility for cash and medicaid with their eligibility for Basic Food program benefits. This change went into effect December 19, 2009, and some individuals would receive limited assistance if the department made the change only via the regular rule-filing process. The department is concurrently working on the regular rule-filing process.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 1, 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 21, 2010.
Katherine I. Vasquez
(2) The following immigrants are not required to apply for an SSN:
(a) An alien, regardless of immigration status, who is applying for a program listed in WAC 388-476-0005(7);
(b) A PRUCOL alien ((
as defined in WAC 388-424-0001)) who
is not in one of the PRUCOL groups listed in WAC 388-424-0010(4); and
(c) Members of a household who are not applying for benefits for themselves.
(3) "Qualified aliens," as defined in WAC 388-424-0001, and PRUCOL aliens in any of the PRUCOL groups listed in WAC 388-424-0010(4), who are applying for federal benefits but who are not authorized to work in the U.S., must still apply for a nonwork SSN. The department must assist them in this application without delay.
(4) An immigrant who is otherwise eligible for benefits may choose not to provide the department with an SSN without jeopardizing the eligibility of others in the household. See WAC 388-450-0140 for how the income of such individuals is treated.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090. 04-15-004, § 388-424-0009, filed 7/7/04, effective 8/7/04.]
(a) A U.S. citizen;
(b) A U.S. national;
(c) An American Indian born outside the U.S.;
(d) A "qualified alien";
(e) A victim of trafficking; or
(f) A Hmong or Highland Lao((
(g) A special immigrant from Iraq or Afghanistan eligible for eight months of federally funded assistance from your date of entry into the United States or from the date you received special immigrant status)).
(2) A "qualified alien" who first physically entered the
U.S. before August 22, 1996 as described in WAC 388-424-0006(1) may receive TANF, ((
and (( SCHIP)) CHIP.
(3) A "qualified alien" who first physically entered the
U.S. on or after August 22, 1996 cannot receive TANF,
nonemergency)) medicaid, or (( SCHIP)) CHIP for five years
after obtaining status as a qualified alien unless(( :
(a) He or she is an alien as described in WAC 388-424-0006(4); or
(b) He or she is an alien as described in WAC 388-424-0006(5) applying for nonemergency medicaid or SCHIP)) the criteria in WAC 388-424-0006 (4) or (5) are met.
(4) A child or pregnant woman in one of the following PRUCOL groups may receive medicaid or CHIP:
(a) A citizen of a compact of free association state (Micronesia, Marshall Islands or Palau) who has been admitted to the U.S. as a nonimmigrant;
(b) An individual in temporary resident status as an amnesty beneficiary;
(c) An individual in temporary protected status;
(d) A family unity beneficiary;
(e) An individual currently under deferred enforced departure;
(f) An individual who is a spouse or child of a U.S. citizen with an approved Visa petition pending adjustment of status;
(g) A parent or child of an individual with special immigration status;
(h) A fiance of a U.S. citizen;
(i) A religious worker;
(j) An individual assisting the Department of Justice in a criminal investigation; or
(k) An individual with a petition of status pending of three years or longer.
(5) An alien who is ineligible for TANF, medicaid or CHIP because of the five-year bar or because of their immigration status may be eligible for:
(a) Emergency benefits as described in WAC 388-436-0015
(consolidated emergency assistance program) and WAC 388-438-0110 (alien ((
emergency)) medical program); or
(b) State-funded cash or chemical dependency benefits as described in WAC 388-424-0015 (SFA, GA and ADATSA) and medical benefits as described in WAC 388-424-0016; or
(c) Pregnancy medical benefits as described in WAC 388-462-0015; or
Children's healthcare benefits)) Apple health for
kids as described in WAC 388-505-0210 (2) or (5).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.08.090, 74.08A.120, and P.L. No. 111-3 (H.R. 2, Title II, Sec. 214 - Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009); P.L. No. 111-08 Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, Office of Refugee Resettlement State Letter #09-17. 09-15-082, § 388-424-0010, filed 7/14/09, effective 8/14/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08A.320, 74.08.090, and Public Law 110-161 Section 525; Public Law 110-181 Section 1244; FNS Admin Notice 08-17; State Letter 04-12 from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. 08-14-116, § 388-424-0010, filed 6/30/08, effective 8/1/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.530, and 74.09.415. 05-23-013, § 388-424-0010, filed 11/4/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090. 04-15-004, § 388-424-0010, filed 7/7/04, effective 8/7/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.08A.100, 74.09.080, and 74.09.415. 02-17-030, § 388-424-0010, filed 8/12/02, effective 9/12/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.530, and Public Law 106-395. 02-03-008, § 388-424-0010, filed 1/4/02, effective 2/4/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.08A.100. 99-17-023, § 388-424-0010, filed 8/10/99, effective 9/10/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, § 388-424-0010, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-505-0520 and 388-518-1805.]