SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
[Filed October 24, 2019, 8:52 a.m., effective October 26, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: October 26, 2019.
Purpose: The department is amending WAC 388-478-0027 What are the payment standards for pregnant women assistance (PWA)?
The 2019-2021 Operating budget included an increase to the PWA payment standard of $363 for assistance units with an obligation to pay shelter costs or $221 for assistance units with shelter provided at no cost. The department implemented this increase effective July 1, 2019, by filing an emergency CR-103E Rule-making order as WSR 19-14-055 on June 28, 2019.
This second emergency rule-making order is needed while the department completes the permanent rule-making process. The department filed a permanent CR-103 Rule-making order as WSR 19-21-056 on October 11, 2019.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-478-0027.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.005
, 74.04.057, 74.04.510
Other Authority: ESHB 1109 (chapter 415, Laws of 2019).
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.
Reasons for this Finding: Increasing the payment standard for the PWA program based on the 2019-2021 Operating budget is necessary for the preservation of the public health and general welfare as this program provides financial grants to persons who are pregnant and in need.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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: October 21, 2019.
Katherine I. Vasquez
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 12-10-042, filed 4/27/12, effective 6/1/12)
WAC 388-478-0027What are the payment standards for pregnant women assistance (PWA)?
(1) The payment standards for PWA cash assistance units with obligations to pay shelter costs are:
Assistance Unit Size
(2) The payment standards for PWA cash assistance units with shelter provided at no cost are:
Assistance Unit Size
Reviser's note: RCW 34.05.395
requires the use of underlining and deletion marks to indicate amendments to existing rules. The rule published above varies from its predecessor in certain respects not indicated by the use of these markings.