HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY
[Filed August 8, 2018, 1:33 p.m.]
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 18-12-097.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 182-513-1105 Personal needs allowance (PNA) and room and board standards in a medical institution and alternate living facility (ALF).
Hearing Location(s): On September 25, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at the Health Care Authority (HCA), Cherry Street Plaza, Sue Crystal, Room 106A, 626 8th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504. Metered public parking is available street side around building. A map is available at https://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/program/Driving-parking-checkin-instructions.pdf or directions can be obtained by calling 360-725-1000.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not sooner than September 26, 2018.
Submit Written Comments to: HCA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 360-586-9727, by September 25, 2018.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Amber Lougheed, phone 360-725-1349, fax 360-586-9727, telecommunication relay services 711, email email@example.com, by September 21, 2018.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: HB 2651 amends RCW 74.09.340
to increase the PNA for people in residential and institutional care settings. The agency is amending WAC 182-513-1105 to reflect the changes in HB 2651.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.05.021
; HB 2651, 65th legislature, 2018 regular session; ESSB 6032, sections 204 (2)(p) and 207(13), 2018 supplemental operating budget.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: HCA, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Vance Taylor, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-1344; Implementation and Enforcement: Stephen Kozak, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-1343.
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
. RCW 34.05.328
does not apply to HCA rules unless requested by the joint administrative rules review committee or applied voluntarily.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Explanation of exemptions: This rule making applies to client eligibility and does not affect small businesses.
August 8, 2018
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 17-23-039, filed 11/8/17, effective 1/1/18)
WAC 182-513-1105Personal needs allowance (PNA) and room and board standards in a medical institution and alternate living facility (ALF).
(1) This section describes the personal needs allowance (PNA), which is an amount set aside from a client's income that is intended for personal needs, and the room and board standard.
(2) The PNA in a state veteran's nursing facility:
(a) Is $70 for a veteran without a spouse or dependent children receiving a needs-based veteran's pension in excess of $90;
(b) Is $70 for a veteran's surviving spouse with no dependent children receiving a needs-based veteran's pension in excess of $90; or
(c) Is $160 for a client who does not receive a needs-based veteran's pension.
(3) The PNA in a medical institution for clients receiving aged, blind, or disabled (ABD) cash assistance or temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) cash assistance is the client's personal and incidental (CPI) cash payment based on residing in a medical institution, which is $41.62.
(4) The PNA in an alternate living facility (ALF) for clients receiving ABD cash assistance or TANF cash assistance is the CPI based on residing in an ALF that is not an adult family home, which is $38.84.
(5) The PNA for clients not described in subsections (2), (3), and (4) of this section((:
(a) Is $57.28 for clients)), who reside in a medical institution((;)) or
(((b) Is $62.79 for clients who reside)) in an ALF, is $70.
(6) Effective January 1, 2018, and each year thereafter, the amount of the PNA in subsection (5) of this section may be adjusted by the percentage of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for old-age, survivors, and disability social security benefits as published by the federal Social Security Administration. This adjustment is subject to state legislative funding.
(7) The room and board standard in an ALF used by home and community services (HCS) and the developmental disabilities administration (DDA) is based on the federal benefit rate (FBR) minus the current PNA as described under subsection (5)(b) of this section.
(8) The current PNA and room and board standards used in long-term services and supports are published under the institutional standards on the Washington apple health (medicaid) income and resource standards chart located at www.hca.wa.gov/free-or-low-cost-health-care/program-administration/program-standard-income-and-resources.