WSR 20-22-040
[Filed October 27, 2020, 5:34 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Proposal is exempt under RCW 34.05.310(4) or 34.05.330(1).
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 110-15-0075 Determining income eligibility and copayment amounts.
Hearing Location(s): On December 8, 2020, telephonic. Oral comments may be made by calling 360-902-8084 and leaving a voicemail that includes the comment and an email or physical mailing address where the department of children, youth, and families (DCYF) will send its response. Comments received through and including December 8, 2020, will be considered.
Date of Intended Adoption: December 9, 2020.
Submit Written Comments to: DCYF Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 40975, email, submit comments online at, by December 4, 2020.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact DCYF rules coordinator, phone 360-902-7956, email, by November 20, 2020.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Institute a cap of $115 for copayments paid by working connections and seasonal child care program participants.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Instituting a copayment cap allows more families to participate in child care subsidy programs administered by DCYF.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.215.060 and 43.215.070.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 43.215 RCW.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DCYF, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Toni Sebastian, DCYF, 206-200-0824; Implementation and Enforcement: DCYF, statewide.
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. DCYF is not among the agencies listed as required to comply with RCW 34.05.328 (5)[(a)](i). Further, DCYF does not voluntarily make that section applicable to the adoption of this rule.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(3) as the rules set or adjust fees under the authority of RCW 19.02.075 or that set or adjust fees or rates pursuant to legislative standards, including fees set or adjusted under the authority of RCW 19.80.045.
October 21, 2020
Brenda Villarreal
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-14-078, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18)
WAC 110-15-0075Determining income eligibility and copayment amounts.
(1) ((DSHS))DCYF takes the following steps to determine a consumer's eligibility and copayment, whether care is provided under a WCCC voucher or contract:
(a) Determine the consumer's family size (under WAC ((170-290-0015))110-15-0015); and
(b) Determine the consumer's countable income (under WAC ((170-290-0065))110-15-0065).
(2) ((DSHS))DCYF calculates the consumer's copayment as follows:
(a) At or below 82% of the federal poverty guidelines (FPG).
(b) Above 82% of the FPG up to 137.5% of the FPG.
(c) Above 137.5% of the FPG through 200% of the FPG.
The dollar amount equal to subtracting 137.5% of the FPG from countable income, multiplying by 50%, then adding $65, up to a maximum of $115.
(3) ((DSHS))DCYF does not prorate the copayment when a consumer uses care for part of a month.
(4) The FPG is updated every year. The WCCC eligibility level is updated at the same time every year to remain current with the FPG.