WSR 08-17-110



(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed August 20, 2008, 9:34 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-12-069.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is amending WAC 388-492-0090 How often do my WASHCAP food benefits need to be reviewed?

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. A map or directions are available at or by calling (360) 664-6097), on September 23, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than September 24, 2008.

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, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m. on September 23, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennisha Johnson, DSHS rules consultant, by September 16, 2008, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6094 or by e-mail at

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is proposing to amend the rules to support having longer certification periods for Washington combined application program (WASHCAP) recipients, eligible under chapter 388-492 WAC. This will reduce the frequency of eligibility reviews for this population and ensure more consistent benefits.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The division has an approved waiver from the food and nutrition service (FNS) allowing the certification periods to be extended from twenty-four to thirty-six months for WASHCAP.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090.

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, Implementation and Enforcement: Rebecca Henrie, 712 Pear Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98503, (360) 725-4615.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This proposed rule does not have an economic impact on small businesses; it extends the period of eligibility for the Washington combined application project (WASHCAP) recipients.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. These amendments are exempt as allowed under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vii) which states in-part, "[t]his section does not apply to...rules of the department of social and health services relating only to client medical or financial eligibility and rules concerning liability for care of dependents."

August 15, 2008

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-23-026, filed 11/8/04, effective 12/9/04)

WAC 388-492-0090   How often do my WASHCAP food benefits need to be reviewed?   (1) Your eligibility for WASHCAP food benefits must be reviewed at least every ((twenty-four)) thirty-six months.

(2) Your certification period is the amount of time your assistance unit is eligible for WASHCAP food benefits.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.08.090. 04-23-026, 388-492-0090, filed 11/8/04, effective 12/9/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.57 [74.04.057], 74.04.500, 74.04.510. 02-15-148, 388-492-0090, filed 7/22/02, effective 9/1/02; 01-21-058, 388-492-0090, filed 10/16/01, effective 12/1/01.]

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