WSR 05-22-101



(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed November 1, 2005, 4:33 p.m. , effective November 1, 2005 ]

Purpose: The Division of Employment and Assistance Programs is amending WAC 388-478-0055 How much do I get from my state supplemental payments (SSP)? This rule change is necessary to increase state supplemental payments to individuals residing in nursing facilities by $10 per month as mandated by the 2005 legislative session in ESSB 6090.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-478-0055.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.057, 74.04.050.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.

Reasons for this Finding: The 2005 budget, section 207, chapter 518, Laws of 2005, increased state supplemental payments effective July 1, 2005, as follows: "(3) Within amounts appropriated in this section, the department shall increase the state supplemental payment by $10 per month for SSI clients who reside in nursing facilities, residential habilitation centers, or state hospitals and who receive a personal needs allowance and decrease other state supplemental payments." The department is in the process of filing this rule change by the regular adoption process but cannot meet the legislatively mandated effective date without a second emergency adoption. The department has filed a notice of intent to adopt the permanent rule, WSR 05-13-173, and proposed rules with be filed this month.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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: November 1, 2005.

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-07-024, filed 3/8/04, effective 4/8/04)

WAC 388-478-0055   How much do I get from my state supplemental payments (SSP)?   (1) The SSP is a payment from the state for certain SSI eligible people (see WAC 388-474-0012).

If you converted to the federal SSI program from state assistance in January 1974, because you were aged, blind, or disabled, and have remained continuously eligible for SSI since January 1974, the department calls you a grandfathered client. Social Security calls you a mandatory income level (MIL) client.

A change in living situation, cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) or federal payment level (FPL) can affect a grandfathered (MIL) client. A grandfathered (MIL) client gets a federal SSI payment and a SSP payment, which totals the higher of one of the following:

(a) The state assistance standard set in December 1973, unless you lived in a medical institution at the time of conversion, plus the federal cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) since then; or

(b) The current payment standard.

(2) The monthly SSP rates for eligible persons under WAC 388-474-0012 and individuals residing in an institution are:

SSP eligible persons Monthly SSP Rate
Individual (aged 65 and older) - Calendar Year ((2004)) 2005 $46.00
Individual (blind as determined by SSA) - Calendar Year ((2004)) 2005 $46.00
Individual with an ineligible spouse - Calendar Year ((2004)) 2005 $46.00
Grandfathered (MIL) Varies by individual based on federal requirements. Payments range between $0.54 and $199.77.

Medical institution Monthly SSP Rate
Individual $((11.62)) 21.62

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090. 04-07-024, 388-478-0055, filed 3/8/04, effective 4/8/04; 03-03-114, 388-478-0055, filed 1/21/03, effective 2/23/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.057. 01-19-024, 388-478-0055, filed 9/12/01, effective 11/1/01; 01-08-015, 388-478-0055, filed 3/23/01, effective 5/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090. 00-20-054, 388-478-0055, filed 9/29/00, effective 11/1/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.057. 00-11-130, 388-478-0055, filed 5/22/00, effective 7/1/00; 99-18-063, 388-478-0055, filed 8/30/99, effective 10/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.630. 99-04-103, 388-478-0055, filed 2/3/99, effective 3/6/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0055, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-511-1115.]