SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
[Filed July 25, 2018, 12:04 p.m.]
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 18-11-067.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-482-0005 How does being a student of higher education impact my eligibility for the Washington basic food program?
Hearing Location(s): On September 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at Office Building 2, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Headquarters, 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504. Public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sesa/rules-and-policies-assistance-unit/driving-directions-office-bldg-2.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than September 5, 2018.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, email DSHSRPAURulesCoordinator@dshs.wa.gov, fax 360-664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., September 4, 2018.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jeff Kildahl, DSHS rules consultant, phone 360-664-6092, fax 360-664-6185, TTY 711 relay service, email Kildaja@dshs.wa.gov, by August 21, 2018.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-482-0005 in order to align with federal regulations allowing the department to use average monthly employment hours when determining whether students of higher education meet the twenty hour work requirement to receive basic food benefits.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: This change is necessary to align state program rules with federal regulations.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: The state legislature authorizes the department to administer supplemental nutrition assistance program and food assistance program for legal immigrants under RCW 74.04.500
, and 74.08A.120
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DSHS, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Ezra Paskus, 712 Pear Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, 360-725-4611.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328
. These amendments are exempt as allowed under RCW 34.05.328
(5)(b)(vii) which states in part, "this section does not apply to … rules of the department of social and health services relating only to client medical or financial eligibility and rules concerning liability for care of dependents."
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Explanation of exemptions: The proposed rule does not have an economic impact on small businesses.
July 19, 2018
Katherine I. Vasquez
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 13-24-043, filed 11/26/13, effective 1/1/14)
WAC 388-482-0005How does being a student of higher education impact my eligibility for the Washington basic food program?
(1) For basic food, we consider you a student of higher education if you are:
(a) Age eighteen through forty-nine;
(b) Physically and mentally able to work (we determine if you are unable to work);
(c) Enrolled in an institution of higher education at least half-time as defined by the institution; and
(d) Enrolled in coursework considered to be higher education.
(2) An institution of higher education is:
(a) Any educational institution that requires a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate;
(b) A business, trade, or vocational school that requires a high school diploma or high school equivalency; or
(c) A two-year or four-year college or university that offers a degree but does not require a high school diploma or high school equivalency.
(3) If you are a student of higher education, you must also meet one of the following conditions to be eligible for basic food:
(a) You have paid employment and work an average of at least twenty hours per week((.)) each month;
(b) You are self-employed, work, and earn at least the amount you would earn working an average of twenty hours per week at the federal minimum wage each month; or
(c) You were participating in a state or federal work study program during the regular school year.
(i) To qualify under this condition, you must:
(A) Have approval for work study at the time of application for basic food;
(B) Have work study that is approved for the school term; and
(C) Anticipate actually working during that time.
(ii) The work study exemption begins:
(A) The month in which the school term starts; or
(B) The month work study is approved, whichever is later.
(iii) Once begun, the work study exemption shall continue until:
(A) The end of the month in which the school term ends; or
(B) We find out you refused a work study assignment.
(d) You are responsible for more than half the care of a dependent person in your assistance unit (AU) who is age five or younger;
(e) You are responsible for more than half the care of a dependent person in your AU who is between age six and eleven, if we have determined that there is not adequate child care available during the school year to allow you to:
(i) Attend class and satisfy the twenty-hour work requirement; or
(ii) Take part in a work study program.
(f) You are a single parent responsible for the care of your natural, step, or adopted child who is eleven or younger;
(g) You are an adult who has the parental responsibility of a child who is age eleven or younger if none of the following people live in the home:
(i) The child's parents; or
(ii) Your spouse.
(h) You participate in the WorkFirst program under WAC 388-310-0200;
(i) You receive TANF or SFA benefits;
(j) You attend an institution of higher education through:
(i) The Workforce Investment Act (WIA);
(ii) The basic food employment and training (((BF E&T))) program under chapter 388-444 WAC;
(iii) An approved state or local employment and training program; or
(iv) Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974.
(4) If you are a student of higher education and the only reason you are eligible for basic food is because you are participating in work study, you are only eligible while you work and receive money from work study. If your work study stops during the summer months, you must meet another condition to be an eligible student during this period.
(5) If you are a student of higher education, your status as a student:
(a) Begins the first day of the school term; and
(b) Continues through vacations. This includes the summer break if you plan to return to school for the next term.
(6) We do not consider you a student of higher education if you:
(b) Are suspended or expelled;
(c) Drop out; or
(d) Do not intend to register for the next normal school term other than summer school.