SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The department is amending the following rule: WAC 388-412-0040 Can I get my benefits replaced?
This rule change is needed to correct a typographical error in WAC 388-412-0040(4). The amendment changes the word "shoes" to "those."
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-412-0040.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, and 74.04.510.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-09-043 on April 10, 2008.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: June 20, 2008.
Stephanie E. Schiller
(1) You may get your EBT benefits replaced if:
(a) We make a mistake that causes you to lose benefits;
(b) Both your EBT card and personal identification number (PIN) are stolen from the mail; you never had the ability to use the benefits; and you lost benefits;
(c) You left a drug or alcohol treatment on or before the fifteenth of the month and the facility does not have enough Basic Food benefits in their EBT account for one-half of the allotment that they owe you;
(d) Your EBT benefits that were recently deposited into an inactive EBT account were canceled by mistake along with your state benefits; or
(e) Your food that was purchased with Basic Food benefits was destroyed in a disaster.
(2) If you want a replacement, you must:
(a) Report the loss to your local office within ten days from the date of the loss; and
(b) Sign a department affidavit form stating you had a loss of benefits.
(3) For Basic Food, we replace the loss up to a one-month benefit amount.
(4) We will not replace your benefits if your loss is for
a reason other than ((
shoes [those])) those listed in subsection (1) above or:
(a) We decided that your request is fraudulent;
(b) Your Basic Food benefits were lost, stolen or misplaced after you received them;
(c) You already got two countable replacements of Basic Food benefits within the last five months; or
(d) You got disaster food stamp benefits for the same month you requested a replacement for Basic Food.
(5) Your replacement does not count if:
(a) Your benefits are returned to us; or
(b) We replaced your benefits because we made an error.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510. 03-22-038, § 388-412-0040, filed 10/28/03, effective 12/1/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.510 and 74.08.090. 01-18-054, § 388-412-0040, filed 8/30/01, effective 9/30/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, § 388-412-0040, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]