SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
[Filed November 28, 2018, 10:47 a.m., effective January 1, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2019.
Purpose: The department is amending WAC 388-478-0055 How much do I get from my state supplemental payments (SSP)?, to increase the personal needs allowance (PNA) effective January 1, 2019, for those in medical institutions and residential settings in compliance with recent state legislation (SHB 2651).
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-478-0055.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 18-19-072 on September 17, 2018.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: November 27, 2018.
Katherine I. Vasquez
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 13-22-037, filed 10/31/13, effective 12/1/13)
WAC 388-478-0055How much do I get from my state supplemental payments (SSP)?
(1) The SSP is a payment from the state to certain SSI eligible people (((see))as described in WAC 388-474-0012(())).
(2) If you converted to the federal SSI program from state assistance in January 1974((,)) because you were aged, blind, or disabled, and have remained continuously eligible for SSI since January 1974, the department calls you a grandfathered client. Social Security calls you a ((mandatory))minimum income level (MIL) client.
A change in living situation, cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), or federal ((payment level (FPL)))benefit rate (FBR) can affect a grandfathered (((MIL)))MIL client. A grandfathered (((MIL)))MIL client gets a federal SSI payment and a SSP payment, which totals the higher of one of the following:
(a) The state assistance standard set in December 1973, unless you lived in a medical institution at the time of conversion, plus the federal ((cost-of-living adjustments (COLA)))COLA since then; or
(b) The current payment standard.
(3) The monthly SSP rate standards for eligible persons under WAC 388-474-0012 and individuals residing in an institution are:
SSP eligible persons
Individual (aged 65 and older)
Individual (blind as determined by SSA)
Individual with an ineligible spouse
Varies by individual based on federal requirements. Payments range between $0.54 and $199.77.
Monthly SSP Rate
(4) We may adjust the SSP rate standards at the end of the calendar year to comply with WAC 388-478-0057.