WSR 20-24-035
[Filed November 20, 2020, 2:41 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 20-20-107.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 182-513-1105 Personal needs allowance (PNA) and room and board standards in a medical institution and alternate living facility (ALF).
Hearing Location(s): On January 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, the agency will not provide a physical location for this hearing. This promotes social distancing and the safety of the citizens of Washington state. A virtual public hearing, without a physical meeting space, will be held instead. To attend the virtual public hearing, you must register at Webinar ID: 186-501-491.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the information about joining the webinar.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not sooner than January 6, 2021.
Submit Written Comments to: Health Care Authority (HCA) Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, email, fax 360-586-9727, by January 5, 2021.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Amber Lougheed, phone 360-725-1349, fax 360-586-9727, telecommunication[s] relay service 711, email, by December 18, 2020.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The agency is amending these rules to increase the personal needs allowance from $70.00 to $71.12 effective January 1, 2021. Funding is approved for this increase which affects those receiving long-term services and supports in medical institutions and alternate living facilities. Amending subsection 2(a), 2(b) and (5) to reflect $71.12. Added references to WAC 388-478-0006 in subsection (3) and (4). Amending the publication web address in subsection (8).
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, 74.09.340.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, 74.09.340.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: Not applicable.
Name of Proponent: HCA, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Valerie Freudenstein, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-1344; Implementation and Enforcement: Mark Westenhaver, P.O. Box 45534, Olympia, WA 98504-5534, 360-725-1324.
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. RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to HCA rules unless requested by the joint administrative rules review committee or applied voluntarily.
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.
November 20, 2020
Wendy Barcus
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-20-047, filed 9/26/18, effective 1/1/19)
WAC 182-513-1105Personal needs allowance (PNA) and room and board standards in a medical institution and alternate living facility (ALF).
(1) This section describes the personal needs allowance (PNA), which is an amount set aside from a client's income that is intended for personal needs, and the room and board standard.
(2) The PNA in a state veteran's nursing facility:
(a) Is (($70))$71.12, effective January 1, 2021, for a veteran without a spouse or dependent children receiving a needs-based veteran's pension in excess of $90;
(b) Is (($70))$71.12, effective January 1, 2021, for a veteran's surviving spouse with no dependent children receiving a needs-based veteran's pension in excess of $90; or
(c) Is $160 for a client who does not receive a needs-based veteran's pension.
(3) The PNA in a medical institution for clients receiving aged, blind, or disabled (ABD) cash assistance or temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) cash assistance is the client's personal and incidental (CPI) cash payment, as described in WAC 388-478-0006, based on residing in a medical institution, which is $41.62.
(4) The PNA in an alternate living facility (ALF) for clients receiving ABD cash assistance or TANF cash assistance is the CPI, as described in WAC 388-478-0006, based on residing in an ALF that is not an adult family home, which is $38.84.
(5) The PNA for clients not described in subsections (2), (3), and (4) of this section, who reside in a medical institution or in an ALF, is (($70))$71.12, effective January 1, 2021.
(6) Effective January 1, 2018, and each year thereafter, the amount of the PNA in subsection (5) of this section may be adjusted by the percentage of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for old-age, survivors, and disability social security benefits as published by the federal Social Security Administration. This adjustment is subject to state legislative funding.
(7) The room and board standard in an ALF used by home and community services (HCS) and the developmental disabilities administration (DDA) is based on the federal benefit rate (FBR) minus the current PNA as described under subsection (5)(b) of this section.
(8) The current PNA and room and board standards used in long-term services and supports are published under the institutional standards on the Washington apple health (medicaid) income and resource standards chart located at ((