SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
Date of Adoption: June 30, 1999.
Purpose: The purpose in amending, adding and repealing these rules is to make federal TANF funds available to pregnant women and to phase out the general assistance for pregnant women (GA-S) program. Under RCW 74.04.055 and 74.04.057 the state must make available any federal funds for assistance programs. With the passage of Public Law 104-193 there is no longer a requirement under federal law for a pregnant woman with no other eligible child to be in her third trimester to qualify for temporary aid to needy families (TANF).
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 388-462-0005; and amending WAC 388-408-0010, 388-408-0015 and 388-462-0010; and new section WAC 388-462-0011.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, and 74.08.090.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 99-10-105 on May 5, 1999.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 4, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 4, Repealed 1. Effective Date of Rule: August 1, 1999.
June 30, 1999
Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit2566.4
assistance unit includes only the pregnant woman.
(2))) A GA-U assistance unit includes:
(a) An incapacitated adult; or
(b) A married couple if both persons are incapacitated and living together.
(3) A married couple living together must be included in a single assistance unit when:
(a) The husband is incapacitated; and
(b) The wife is pregnant and not eligible for TANF.
(4))) (2) A GA-H assistance unit includes only the child or children eligible for GA-H (see WAC 388-400-0015).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, § 388-408-0010, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]
(1) A TANF assistance unit includes only a woman in her third trimester of pregnancy if there
is no other eligible child in the home.
(2))) The department must include in a TANF((
, SFA)) or (( combined TANF/))SFA
assistance (( unit must include the following)) unit certain persons(( , if)) who are living together,
unless (( the)) those person(s) must be excluded under WAC 388-408-0020 or (( is)) are excluded
at the option of the family under WAC 388-408-0025. An assistance unit for TANF or SFA
benefits or combination of TANF and SFA benefits must include the following:
(a))) (1) The child for whom assistance is requested and:
(a) That child's full, half or adoptive sibling(s);
Any)) The natural or adoptive parent(s) or stepparent (( of any child who is included
in the assistance unit))(s); and
Any)) The parent(s) of a pregnant (( minor)) or parenting minor (( parent)) who
claims to be (( the needy caretaker relative of)) in need and is providing the primary care for the:
The)) Pregnant minor (( or minor parent));
The)) Minor parent;
(iii) Minor parent's child; or
(iii) The pregnant minor or minor parent's))
(iv) Full, half or adoptive sibling(s) of a pregnant or parenting minor.
(2) A pregnant woman if there is no TANF or SFA eligible child in the home.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, § 388-408-0015, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]2565.3
A woman who is not a caretaker relative of a TANF or SFA eligible child
may be eligible for TANF or SFA if:))
She is in the third trimester of pregnancy (the three calendar months preceding the
expected month of birth) as medically verified; and)) If you are already receiving TANF or SFA
benefits, your pregnancy will not change your eligibility or benefit level.
The unborn, if born and living with the woman in the month of payment, would be
deprived of parental support and care as defined in chapter 388-430 WAC)) If you are not
currently receiving TANF or SFA benefits, you may be eligible for these benefits if your
pregnancy and expected date of delivery has been verified by a licensed medical practitioner.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, § 388-462-0010, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]
(1) Under RCW 74.04.005 (6)(g) recipients of TANF or SFA who lose their eligibility solely because of the birth and relinquishment of the qualifying child may receive general assistance through the end of the month in which the period of six weeks following the birth of the child falls.
(2) The department will consider income and resources when determining eligibility and benefit amount for post adoption cash benefit in the same manner as TANF. Refer to chapters 388-450, 388-470, and 388-488 WAC.
(3) To receive the post adoption cash benefit, a client must have been receiving TANF or SFA in Washington state.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
|WAC 388-462-0005||Pregnancy requirement for GA-S.|