WSR 03-20-061



(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed September 26, 2003, 1:04 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: September 22, 2003.

Purpose: The department has amended WAC 388-476-0005 to delete references to the children's health program and the medically indigent program, as these programs have been eliminated due to budget reductions.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-476-0005.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 03-16-082 on August 4, 2003.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

September 22, 2003

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-17-025, filed 8/10/99, effective 10/1/99)

WAC 388-476-0005   Social Security number requirements.   (1) With certain exceptions, each person who applies for or receives cash, medical or food assistance benefits must provide to the department a Social Security number (SSN), or numbers if more than one has been issued.

(2) If the person is unable to provide the SSN, either because it is not known or has not been issued, the person must:

(a) Apply for the SSN;

(b) Provide proof that the SSN has been applied for; and

(c) Provide the SSN when it is received.

(3) Assistance will not be delayed, denied or terminated pending the issuance of an SSN by the Social Security Administration. However, a person who does not comply with these requirements is not eligible for assistance.

(4) For cash, medical, and food assistance benefits, a person cannot be disqualified from receiving benefits for refusing to apply for or supply an SSN based on religious grounds.

(5) For food assistance programs:

(a) A person can receive benefits for the month of application and the following month if the person attempted to apply for the SSN and made every effort to provide the needed information to the Social Security Administration.

(b) A newborn may receive benefits for up to six months from the date of birth if the household is unable to provide proof of application for an SSN at the time of birth.

(6) For medical programs, a newborn as described in WAC 388-505-0210(1) is eligible for categorically needy (CN) medical without meeting the SSN requirement until the baby's first birthday.

(7) There is no SSN requirement for the following programs:

(a) The consolidated emergency assistance program;

(b) The refugee cash and medical assistance program;

(c) ((The medically indigent program;

(d))) The alien emergency medical program;

(((e))) (d) The state-funded pregnant woman program;

(((f) The children's health program;)) and

(((g))) (e) Detoxification services.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.510. 99-17-025, 388-476-0005, filed 8/10/99, effective 10/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-476-0005, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-505-0530.]

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