SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 05-06-083.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information:
|•||Adopting new WAC 388-106-0745 through 388-106-0765, Washington Medicaid integration partnership (WMIP) services; and|
|•||Amending WAC 388-515-1505 Financial eligibility requirements for long-term care services under COPES, New Freedom, PACE, MMIP, and WMIP.|
Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East, Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, (one block north of the intersection of Pacific Avenue S.E. and Alhadeff Lane, behind Goodyear Tire. A map or directions are available at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/docket.html or by calling (360) 664-6097), on August 8, 2006, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than August 9, 2006.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail email@example.com, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2006.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Stephanie Schiller, DSHS Rules Consultant, by August 4, 2006, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6097 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of the rules are to add long-term care service and eligibility criteria for implementation of the long-term care portion of the Washington Medicaid integration partnership (WMIP), a new and innovative managed care program in the state of Washington that combines medical, mental health, chemical dependency and long-term care services under one coordinated service delivery model and capitated payment structure, thereby improving client outcomes through increased coordination.
New Freedom consumer directed services financial eligibility requirements have also been added to WAC 388-515-1505. Proposed rules describing the New Freedom program in chapter 388-106 WAC were filed as WSR 06-11-018.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See above.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 42 C.F.R. 441.302(a); Social Security Act section 1915(c) waiver rules; 42 C.F.R. 438.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.08.090, 42 C.F.R. 441.302(a); Social Security Act section 1915(c) waiver rules; 42 C.F.R. 438.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of social and health services, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Kristi Knudsen, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, (360) 725-3213; Implementation and Enforcement: Karen Fitzharris, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, (360) 725-2446.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The department has analyzed the proposed rules and determined that no new costs will be imposed on small businesses or nonprofit organizations.
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Tiffany Sevruk, Home and Community Services, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2538, fax (360) 407-7582, e-mail email@example.com.
June 28, 2006
Andy Fernando, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit3777.2Washington Medicaid Integration Partnership (WMIP)
(a) Care coordination;
(b) Personal care services in your own home or in a residential facility;
(c) Home health aide;
(d) Adult day services;
(e) Environmental modifications;
(f) Personal emergency response system (PERS);
(g) Skilled nursing;
(h) Specialized medical equipment and supplies;
(i) Home delivered meals;
(j) Residential care;
(k) Nursing facility care.
(2) The care plan may also include medical, chemical dependency, and/or mental health services.
(a) Be aged, blind, or disabled;
(b) Be twenty-one years of age or older;
(c) Receive, or be eligible for, categorically needy medical assistance per WAC 388-500-0005; and
(d) Not be enrolled in any other comparable third party insurance coverage plan that purchases services on a prepaid basis (for example, a prepaid health plan).
(2) To be eligible to receive long-term care services under this program, you must meet functional eligibility for one of the long-term care programs per WAC 388-106-0210(2), WAC 388-106-0310(4), or WAC 388-106-0355(1) and financial eligibility for noninstitutional categorically needy, or institutional categorically needy as described in chapter 388-513 WAC and WAC 388-515-1505.
(3) Ongoing functional and financial eligibility for long-term care services will be determined at least annually by the state.
(4) If you are determined ineligible for long-term care services, you may continue to receive medical, mental health and chemical dependency treatment services through WMIP as long as you continue to meet the criteria listed in subsection (1) above.
(a) Community options program entry system (COPES);
(b) Program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE);
(c) Medicare/Medicaid integration project (MMIP);
(d) Washington Medicaid integration partnership (WMIP); and
(e) New Freedom Consumer Directed Services (New Freedom).
(2) To be eligible, a client must:
(a) Meet the program and age requirements for the specific program, as follows:
(i) COPES, per WAC 388-106-0310;
(ii) PACE, per WAC 388-106-0705; ((
(iii) MMIP waiver services, per WAC 388-106-0725;
(iv) WMIP waiver services, per WAC 388-106-0750; or
(v) New Freedom, per WAC 388-106-1410.
(b) Meet the aged, blind or disability criteria of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program as described in WAC 388-511-1105(1);
(c) Require the level of care provided in a nursing facility as described in WAC 388-106-0355;
(d) Be residing in a medical facility as defined in WAC 388-500-0005, or likely to be placed in one within the next thirty days in the absence of home or community-based LTC services provided under one of the programs listed in subsection (1) of this section;
(e) Have attained institutional status as described in WAC 388-513-1320;
(f) Be determined in need of home or community-based LTC services and be approved for a plan of care as described in subsection (2)(a)(i), (ii), or (iii);
(g) Be able to live at home with community support services and choose to remain at home, or live in a department-contracted:
(i) Enhanced adult residential care (EARC) facility;
(ii) Licensed adult family home (AFH); or
(iii) Assisted living (AL) facility.
(h) Not be subject to a penalty period of ineligibility for the transfer of an asset as described in WAC 388-513-1364, 388-513-1365 and 388-513-1366; and
(i) Meet the resource and income requirements described in subsections (3), (4), and (5) or be an SSI beneficiary not subject to a penalty period as described in subsection (2)(h).
(3) Refer to WAC 388-513-1315 for rules used to determine nonexcluded resources and income.
(4) Nonexcluded resources above the standard described in WAC 388-513-1350(1):
(a) Are allowed during the month of an application or eligibility review, when the combined total of excess resources and nonexcluded income does not exceed the special income level (SIL).
(b) Are reduced by medical expenses incurred by the client (for definition, see WAC 388-519-0110(10)) that are not subject to third-party payment and for which the client is liable, including:
(i) Health insurance and Medicare premiums, deductions, and co-insurance charges; and
(ii) Necessary medical care recognized under state law, but not covered under the state's Medicaid plan.
(c) Not allocated to participation must be at or below the resource standard. If excess resources are not allocated to participation, then the client is ineligible.
(5) Nonexcluded income must be at or below the SIL and is allocated in the following order:
(a) An earned income deduction of the first sixty-five dollars plus one-half of the remaining earned income;
(b) Maintenance and personal needs allowances as described in subsection (7), (8), and (9) of this section;
(c) Guardianship fees and administrative costs including any attorney fees paid by the guardian only as allowed by chapter 388-79 WAC;
(d) Income garnisheed for child support or withheld according to a child support order:
(i) For the time period covered by the maintenance amount; and
(ii) Not deducted under another provision in the post-eligibility process.
(e) Monthly maintenance needs allowance for the community spouse not to exceed that in WAC 388-513-1380 (6)(b) unless a greater amount is allocated as described in subsection (6) of this section. This amount:
(i) Is allowed only to the extent that the client's income is made available to the community spouse; and
(ii) Consists of a combined total of both:
(A) An amount added to the community spouse's gross income to provide the amount described in WAC 388-513-1380 (6)(b)(i)(A); and
(B) Excess shelter expenses. For the purposes of this section, excess shelter expenses are the actual required maintenance expenses for the community spouse's principal residence. These expenses are:
(III) Taxes and insurance;
(IV) Any maintenance care for a condominium or cooperative; and
(V) The food assistance standard utility allowance (for LTC services this is set at the standard utility allowance (SUA) for a four-person household), provided the utilities are not included in the maintenance charges for a condominium or cooperative;
(VI) LESS the standard shelter allocation listed in WAC 388-513-1380 (7)(a).
(f) A monthly maintenance needs amount for each minor or dependent child, dependent parent or dependent sibling of the community or institutionalized spouse based on the living arrangement of the dependent. If the dependent:
(i) Resides with the community spouse, the amount is equal to one-third of the community spouse income allocation as described in WAC 388-513-1380 (6)(b)(i)(A) that exceeds the dependent family member's income;
(ii) Does not reside with the community spouse, the amount is equal to the MNIL for the number of dependent family members in the home less the income of the dependent family members. Child support received from an absent parent is the child's income;
(g) Incurred medical expenses described in subsection (4)(b) not used to reduce excess resources, with the following exceptions:
(i) Private health insurance premiums for PACE, MMIP, or
(ii) Medicare advantage plan premiums for PACE)).
(6) The amount allocated to the community spouse may be greater than the amount in subsection (5)(e) only when:
(a) A court enters an order against the client for the support of the community spouse; or
(b) A hearings officer determines a greater amount is needed because of exceptional circumstances resulting in extreme financial duress.
(7) A client who receives SSI does not use income to participate in the cost of personal care, but does use SSI income to participate in paying costs of board and room. When such a client lives:
(a) At home, the SSI client does not participate in the cost of personal care;
(b) In an enhanced adult residential center (EARC), adult family home (AFH), or assisted living (AL), the SSI client:
(i) Retains a personal needs allowance (PNA) of fifty-eight dollars and eighty-four cents;
(ii) Pays the facility for the cost of board and room. Board and room is the SSI federal benefit rate (FBR) minus fifty-eight dollars and eighty-four cents; and
(iii) Does not participate in the cost of personal care if any income remains.
(8) An SSI-related client living:
(a) At home, retains a maintenance needs amount equal to the following:
(i) Up to one hundred percent of the one-person FPL, if the client is:
(A) Single; or
(B) Married, and is:
(I) Not living with the community spouse; or
(II) Whose spouse is receiving long-term care (LTC) services outside of the home.
(ii) Up to one hundred percent of the one-person FPL for
each client, if both spouses are receiving COPES, New Freedom,
or)) MMIP, or WMIP services;
(iii) Up to the one-person medically needy income level
(MNIL) for a married client who is living with a community
spouse who is not receiving COPES, New Freedom, PACE, ((
MMIP, or WMIP.
(b) In an EARC, AFH, or AL, retains a maintenance needs amount equal to the SSI FBR and:
(i) Retains a personal needs allowance (PNA) of fifty-eight dollars and eighty-four cents from the maintenance needs; and
(ii) Pays the remainder of the maintenance needs to the facility for the cost of board and room. (Refer to subsection (11) in this section for allocation of the balance of income remaining over maintenance needs.)
(9) A client who is eligible for the general assistance expedited Medicaid disability (GAX) program does not participate in the cost of personal care. When such a client lives:
(a) At home, the client retains the cash grant amount authorized under the general assistance program;
(b) In an AFH, the client retains a PNA of thirty-eight dollars and eighty-four cents, and pays remaining income and GAX grant to the facility for the cost of board and room; or
(c) In an EARC or AL, the client only receives a PNA of thirty-eight dollars and eighty-four cents and retains it.
(10) The total of the following amounts cannot exceed the SIL:
(a) Maintenance and personal needs allowances as described in subsections (7), (8), and (9);
(b) Earned income deduction of the first sixty-five dollars plus one-half of the remaining earned income in subsection (5)(a); and
(c) Guardianship fees and administrative costs in subsection (5)(c).
(11) The client's remaining income after the allocations described in subsections (5) through (9) is the client's participation in the total cost of care.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 74.09.530. 06-03-079, § 388-515-1505, filed 1/12/06, effective 2/12/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.575. 05-03-077, § 388-515-1505, filed 1/17/05, effective 2/17/05; 02-05-003, § 388-515-1505, filed 2/7/02, effective 3/10/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500. 01-02-052, § 388-515-1505, filed 12/28/00, effective 1/28/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 42 C.F.R. 435.601, 42 C.F.R. 435.725-726, and Sections 4715 and 4735 of the Federal Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-33) (H.R. 2015). 00-01-087, § 388-515-1505, filed 12/14/99, effective 1/14/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090. 96-14-058 (Order 100346), § 388-515-1505, filed 6/27/96, effective 7/28/96; 95-20-030 (Order 3899), § 388-515-1505, filed 9/27/95, effective 10/28/95; 94-10-065 (Order 3732), § 388-515-1505, filed 5/3/94, effective 6/3/94. Formerly WAC 388-83-200.]