WSR 00-21-064

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed October 16, 2000, 2:44 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 00-17-078.

Title of Rule: WAC 388-478-0056 SSI state supplement standards.

Purpose: This rule is necessary to permanently reduce the SSI state supplement amounts to stay within legislatively set funding limits. The reduction is $1.10 per month less than the January 1, 2000, standards, for all SSI recipients with the exception of those residing in medical facilities.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.620, 74.04.630.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 74.04 RCW.

Summary: We are permanently reducing the SSI state supplement in the amount of $1.10 per month.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To stay within legislatively set funding limits and reduce the need for year-end reductions in the state supplement.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Carla Gira, Program Manager, Lacey Government Center, 1009 College Street S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, (360) 413-3264.

Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The rule permanently reduces the SSI state supplement in the amount of $1.10 per month for all SSI recipients except those living in medical facilities. This permanent reduction will reduce the need to make year-end reductions in the state supplement.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: This rule replaces the SSI state supplement amounts currently in WAC 388-478-0055, effective January 1, 2001.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule does not impact small business.

RCW 34.05.328 applies to this rule adoption. The rule meets the definition of a "significant legislative rule" but DSHS is exempt from preparing a cost benefit analysis under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii).

Hearing Location: Lacey Government Center (behind Tokyo O'Bento Restaurant), 1009 College Street S.E., Room 104-A, Lacey, WA 98503, on November 21, 2000, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kelly Cooper, DSHS Rules Coordinator, by November 14, 2000, phone (360) 664-6094, TTY (360) 664-6178, e-mail myercme@dshs.wa.gov.

Submit Written Comments to: Identify WAC Numbers, DSHS Rules Coordinator, Rules and Policies Assistance Unit, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, fax (360) 664-6185, by November 21, 2000.

Date of Intended Adoption: No sooner than November 22, 2000.

October 13, 2000

Edith M. Rice

for Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

2874.1
NEW SECTION
WAC 388-478-0056
SSI state supplement standards.

(1) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a cash assistance program for needy individuals and couples who meet federal disability guidelines as aged, blind or disabled. Since the SSI program began in January 1974, the state of Washington has supplemented the federal benefit level with state funds, known as the SSI state supplement. Persons found eligible for SSI receive cash assistance based on the combined federal and state supplement benefit levels, minus countable income.

(2) The following state supplement amounts for eligible individuals and couples replace the state supplement amounts in WAC 388-478-0055 effective January 1, 2001:

(a) Living alone area 1: King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Kitsap Counties.
Living Alone - In their own household or alternate care, except nursing homes or medical institutions State Supplement

Benefit Level

Individual $25.90
Individual with one essential person $19.90
Individual with multiple essential persons $0.00
Individual with an ineligible spouse $166.10
Couple $19.90
Couple with one or more essential persons $0.00
(b) Living alone area 2: All other counties.

Living alone - In their own household or alternate care, except nursing homes or medical institutions State Supplement Benefit Level
Individual $5.45
Individual with one essential person $0.00
Individual with multiple essential persons $0.00
Individual with an ineligible spouse $136.15
Couple $0.00
Couple with one or more essential persons $0.00
(c) Shared living for both Area 1 and 2.

Shared Living State Supplement

Benefit Level

Individual $3.71
Individual with one essential person $4.20
Individual with multiple essential persons $0.00
Individual with an ineligible spouse $101.66
Couple $4.20
Couple with one or more essential persons $0.00
(d) Residing in a medical institution: Area 1 and 2.

Medical Institution State Supplement Benefit Level
Individual $11.62
(e) For a grandfathered claimant, see WAC 388-478-0055 (2) (e).

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