PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
[Filed September 22, 2021, 10:58 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is planning to amend WAC 388-412-0015 General information about your food assistance allotments, 388-450-0185 What income deductions does the department allow when determining if I am eligible for food benefits and the amount of my monthly benefits?, 388-450-0190 How does the department figure my shelter cost income deduction for basic food?, 388-450-0195 Does the department use my utility costs when calculating my basic food or WASHCAP benefits?, 388-470-0005 How do resources affect my eligibility for cash assistance and basic food?, and 388-478-0060 What are the income limits and maximum benefit amounts for basic food?, and other related rules as may be required.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Income limits, minimum and maximum benefit amounts, deductions, and resource limits are updated annually by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services, effective October 1, 2021.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services.
Process for Developing New Rule: The department of social and health services (DSHS) welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Carolyn Horlor, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone 360-764-0676, email Carolyn.Horlor@dshs.wa.gov.
September 22, 2021
Katherine I. Vasquez