SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
[Filed October 10, 2019, 9:23 a.m.]
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 19-09-032.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-410-0005 Cash assistance overpayment amount and liability and 388-410-0015 Recovery of cash assistance overpayments by mandatory grant deduction.
Hearing Location(s): On November 26, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at Office Building 2, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Headquarters, 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504. Public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sesa/rules-and-policies-assistance-unit/driving-directions-office-bldg-2.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than November 27, 2019.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, email DSHSRPAURulesCoordinator@dshs.wa.gov, fax 360-664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., November 26, 2019.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jeff Kildahl, DSHS rules consultant, phone 360-664-6092, fax 360-664-6185, TTY 711 relay service, email Kildaja@dshs.wa.gov, by November 12, 2019.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-410-0005 and 388-410-0015 to clarify which members of a household are and are not responsible for repaying cash overpayments, the circumstances where overpayments are recovered by means of a mandatory grant deduction, and that cash overpayments are not recovered from children.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: These amendments protect the financial well-being of children by clarifying that cash overpayment liability and repayment apply to adults, not children.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DSHS, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Sarah Garcia, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5770 [98504-5470], 360-522-2214.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328
. This amendment is 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."
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Explanation of exemptions: The proposed rules do not have an economic impact on small businesses. They only impact DSHS clients.
October 8, 2019
Katherine I. Vasquez
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 19-08-066, filed 3/29/19, effective 5/1/19)
WAC 388-410-0005Cash assistance overpayment amount and liability.
(1) The amount of overpayment for cash assistance households is determined by the amount of assistance received to which the assistance unit was not entitled.
(2) Cash overpayments are recovered from:
(a) Any ((individual))adult member of an overpaid assistance unit, whether or not the member is currently a recipient;
(b) Any assistance unit of which ((a))an adult member of the overpaid assistance unit has subsequently become a member; or
(c) A nonneedy caretaker relative or guardian who received ((the overpayment on behalf of))assistance for a child who is in the assistance unit.
(3) A cash assistance overpayment is not recovered from:
(a) ((A nonneedy caretaker relative or guardian who did not receive the overpayment on behalf of a child;
(b))) A child who was in the assistance unit at the time the overpayment was accrued;
(((c) A nonneedy caretaker relative or guardian who was assessed an overpayment for a child who is not currently part of the assistance unit;)) or
(((d)))(b) A person not receiving assistance when an unintentional overpayment of less than thirty-five dollars is discovered, computed, or both.
(4) Overpayments resulting from incorrectly received cash assistance are reduced by:
(a) Cash assistance a household would have been eligible to receive from any other category of cash assistance during the period of ineligibility; and
(b) Child support the department collected for the month of overpayment in excess of the amount specified in (a) of this subsection; or
(c) Any existing grant underpayments.
(5) A cash assistance overpayment cannot be reduced by a food assistance underpayment.
(6) An underpayment from one assistance unit cannot be credited to another assistance unit to offset an overpayment.
(7) All overpayments occurring after January 1, 1982 are required to be repaid by mandatory grant deduction except where recovery is inequitable as specified in WAC 388-410-0010.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-16-044, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98)
WAC 388-410-0015Recovery of cash assistance overpayments by mandatory grant deduction.
(1) All overpayments of cash assistance are recovered by means of a mandatory deduction from future continuing assistance grants except:
(a) When a nonneedy caretaker relative or guardian was assessed an overpayment for a child who is not currently part of the assistance unit or,
(b) As specified by WAC 388-410-0010.
(2) All adult members of an overpaid assistance unit are responsible for repayment of an overpayment. Repayment may be from:
(a) Resources,((and/or)) income or both; or
(b) Deductions from subsequent grants; and
(c) An assistance unit member's estate.
(3) The mandatory grant deduction of an intentional overpayment is ten percent of the monthly grant payment standard.
(4) A monthly grant deduction of up to one hundred percent of the grant can be established when:
(a) The overpayment is intentional;
(b) The client has liquid resources available but refuses to use these resources in full or partial satisfaction of the overpayment; and
(c) The amount of income and resources remaining available to the assistance unit is not less than ninety percent of the grant payment standard.
(5) An unintentional overpayment is recovered by grant deduction of five percent of the monthly grant payment standard unless the client voluntarily requests a larger deduction in writing.
(6) A monthly deduction for overpayment recovery can be established against the clothing and incidental grant of a recipient in a nursing facility, intermediate care facility, or hospital. A monthly deduction cannot be established against the vendor payment to the nursing facility, intermediate care facility or hospital.
(7) When the monthly grant deduction is equal to or more than the current grant for which the client is eligible had no overpayment occurred, the grant is suspended.
(8) No more than the total amount of an overpayment may be collected by mandatory deduction from a client's public assistance grant. The client will receive compensation for an underpayment resulting from any erroneous monthly deduction.