WSR 06-16-034

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed July 25, 2006, 2:04 p.m. , effective July 29, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: July 29, 2006.

Purpose: The department is amending these WACs to explain the basis of each standard and to remove the actual numbers since these standards are based on the federal poverty level (FPL). This will avoid having to amend the rule each year when the FPL changes.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-478-0075 and 388-478-0085.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500.

Other Authority: 42 U.S.C. 9902(2).

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest; and 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 current rules are obsolete and out of compliance with federal rule changes that became effective April 1, 2006. The obsolete standards must be deleted to prevent client eligibility determinations for medical assistance. The permanent rule, proposed as WSR 06-09-087, was filed as WSR 06-16-026, on July 24, 2006, and when effective will replace and supersede this emergency rule.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: July 25, 2006.

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-03-080, filed 1/12/06, effective 2/12/06)

WAC 388-478-0075   Medical programs--Monthly income standards based on the federal poverty level (FPL).   (1) ((The department bases the income standard upon the)) Each year, the federal government publishes new federal poverty level (FPL) income standards in the Federal Register found at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml. The income standards for the following medical programs change on the first of April every year based on the new FPL:

(a) Children's health program is one hundred percent of FPL;

(b) Pregnant women's program up to one hundred eighty-five percent of FPL;

(c) Children's categorically needy program up to two hundred percent of FPL;

(d) Healthcare for workers with disabilities (HWD) up to two hundred twenty percent of FPL; and

(e) The state children's health insurance program (SCHIP) is over two hundred percent of FPL but not over two hundred fifty percent of FPL.

(2) The department uses the FPL income standards to determine:

(a) The mandatory or optional Medicaid status of an individual; and

(b) Premium amount, if any, for a Medicaid child.

(3) There are no resource limits for the programs under this section.

(((4) Beginning April 1, 2005, the monthly FPL standards are:))


((
FAMILY SIZE 100% FPL 133% FPL 150% FPL 185% FPL 200% FPL 220% FPL 250% FPL
1 $798 $1061 $1197 $1476 $1595 $1755 $1994
2 $1070 $1422 $1604 $1978 $2139 $2353 $2673
3 $1341 $1784 $2012 $2481 $2682 $2950 $3353
4 $1613 $2145 $2419 $2984 $3225 $3548 $4032
5 $1885 $2506 $2827 $3486 $3769 $4146 $4711
6 $2156 $2868 $3234 $3989 $4312 $4743 $5390
7 $2428 $3229 $3642 $4491 $4855 $5341 $6069
8 $2700 $3590 $4049 $4994 $5399 $5939 $6748
9 $2971 $3952 $4457 $5497 $5942 $6536 $7428
10 $3243 $4313 $4864 $5999 $6485 $7134 $8107
Add to the ten person standard for each person over ten:
$272 $362 $408 $503 $544 $598 $680
))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.415, 74.09.530 and 2005 c 279. 06-03-080, 388-478-0075, filed 1/12/06, effective 2/12/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). 05-17-157, 388-478-0075, filed 8/22/05, effective 9/22/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.057, 74.04.050, and 74.09.530. 04-15-092, 388-478-0075, filed 7/16/04, effective 8/16/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.09.530, and 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). 03-15-088, 388-478-0075, filed 7/17/03, effective 7/17/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.08A.100, 74.09.080, and 74.09.415. 02-17-030, 388-478-0075, filed 8/12/02, effective 9/12/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 74.09.510, and Section 1902 (a)(10)(A)(ii)(XV) and (XVI) of the Social Security Act. 02-07-090, 388-478-0075, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.09.530, and Section 673(2) (42 U.S.C. 9902(2)). 01-18-056, 388-478-0075, filed 8/30/01, effective 9/30/01; 00-17-085, 388-478-0075, filed 8/14/00, effective 9/14/00; 99-19-005, 388-478-0075, filed 9/3/99, effective 10/4/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0075, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-507-0805, 388-508-0810, 388-509-0910, 388-509-0920, 388-509-0940 and 388-509-0960.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 05-17-157, filed 8/22/05, effective 9/22/05)

WAC 388-478-0085   Medicare savings programs--Monthly income ((and countable resources)) standards.   (1) The income standards for Medicare Savings Programs change each year based on the federal poverty level (FPL) published yearly by the federal government in the Federal Register at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml. The qualified Medicare beneficiary (QMB) program income standard is up to one hundred percent of the ((federal poverty level ())FPL(())). ((Beginning April 1, 2005, the QMB program's income standards are:))


((
(a) One person $798
(b) Two persons $1070
))
(2) The ((special)) specified low-income Medicare beneficiary (SLMB) program income standard is over one hundred percent of FPL, but not more than one hundred twenty percent of FPL. ((Beginning April 1, 2005, the SLMB program's income standards are:))


((
Minimum Maximum
(a) One person $798.01 $957
(b) Two persons $1070.01 $1283
))
(3) The qualified individual (QI-1) program income standard is over one hundred twenty percent of FPL, but not more than one hundred thirty-five percent of FPL. ((Beginning April 1, 2005, the QI-1 program's income standards are:))

((
Minimum Maximum
(a) One person $957.01 $1077
(b) Two persons $1283.01 $1444
))
(4) The qualified disabled working individual (QDWI) program income standard is two hundred percent of FPL. ((Beginning April 1, 2005, the QDWI program's income standards are:))


((
(a) One person $1595
(b) Two persons $2139
))

(((5) The resource standard for the Medicare savings programs in this section is:))


(((a) One person)) (($4000))
(((b) Two persons)) (($6000))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). 05-17-157, 388-478-0085, filed 8/22/05, effective 9/22/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). 04-17-076, 388-478-0085, filed 8/13/04, effective 9/13/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.09.530, and Section 673(2) (42 U.S.C. 9902(2)). 01-18-056, 388-478-0085, filed 8/30/01, effective 9/30/01; 00-17-085, 388-478-0085, filed 8/14/00, effective 9/14/00; 99-19-005, 388-478-0085, filed 9/3/99, effective 10/4/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-478-0085, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-517-1715, 388-517-1730, 388-517-1750 and 388-517-1770.]

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