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Chapter 182-512 WAC

Last Update: 6/6/19

SSI-RELATED MEDICAL

WAC Sections

HTMLPDF182-512-0010Supplemental security income (SSI) standards, SSI-related categorically needy income level (CNIL), and countable resource standards.
HTMLPDF182-512-0050SSI-related medical—General information.
HTMLPDF182-512-0100SSI-related medical—Categorically needy (CN) medical eligibility.
HTMLPDF182-512-0150SSI-related medical—Medically needy (MN) medical eligibility.
HTMLPDF182-512-0200SSI-related medical—Definition of resources.
HTMLPDF182-512-0250SSI-related medical—Ownership and availability of resources.
HTMLPDF182-512-0260SSI-related medical—How to count a sponsor's resources.
HTMLPDF182-512-0300SSI-related medical—Resources eligibility.
HTMLPDF182-512-0350SSI-related medical—Property and contracts excluded as resources.
HTMLPDF182-512-0400SSI-related medical—Vehicles excluded as resources.
HTMLPDF182-512-0450SSI-related medical—Life insurance excluded as a resource.
HTMLPDF182-512-0500SSI-related medical—Burial funds, contracts and spaces excluded as resources.
HTMLPDF182-512-0550SSI-related medical—All other excluded resources.
HTMLPDF182-512-0600SSI-related medical—Definition of income.
HTMLPDF182-512-0650SSI-related medical—Available income.
HTMLPDF182-512-0700SSI-related medical—Income eligibility.
HTMLPDF182-512-0750SSI-related medical—Countable unearned income.
HTMLPDF182-512-0760SSI-related medical—Education assistance.
HTMLPDF182-512-0770SSI-related medical—American Indian or Alaska Native excluded income and resources.
HTMLPDF182-512-0780SSI-related medical—Employment and training programs.
HTMLPDF182-512-0785SSI-related medical—Effect of a sponsor's income.
HTMLPDF182-512-0790SSI-related medical—Exemption from sponsor deeming.
HTMLPDF182-512-0795SSI-related medical—Budgeting a sponsor's income.
HTMLPDF182-512-0800SSI-related medical—General income exclusions.
HTMLPDF182-512-0820SSI-related medical—Child-related income exclusions and allocations.
HTMLPDF182-512-0840SSI-related medical—Work- and agency-related income exclusions.
HTMLPDF182-512-0860SSI-related medical—Income exclusions under federal statute or other state laws.
HTMLPDF182-512-0880SSI-related medical—Special income disregards.
HTMLPDF182-512-0900SSI-related medical—Deeming and allocation of income.
HTMLPDF182-512-0920SSI-related medical—Deeming/allocation of income from nonapplying spouse.
HTMLPDF182-512-0940SSI-related medical—Deeming income from an ineligible parent(s) to a child applying for SSI-related medical.
HTMLPDF182-512-0960SSI-related medical—Allocating income—Determining eligibility for a spouse when the other spouse receives long-term services and supports.


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Supplemental security income (SSI) standards, SSI-related categorically needy income level (CNIL), and countable resource standards.

(1) The SSI payment standards, also known as the federal benefit rate (FBR), change each January 1st.
(2) See WAC 388-478-0055 for the amount of the state supplemental payments (SSP) for SSI recipients.
(3) See WAC 182-513-1205 for standards of clients living in an alternate living facility.
(4) The SSI-related CNIL standards are the same as the SSI payment standards for single persons and couples. Those paying out shelter costs have a higher standard than people who have supplied shelter.
(5) The countable resource standards for SSI and SSI-related CN medical programs are:
(a) One person
$2,000
(b) A legally married couple
$3,000
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 19-02-046, § 182-512-0010, filed 12/27/18, effective 1/27/19. WSR 11-23-091, recodified as § 182-512-0010, filed 11/17/11, effective 11/21/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500. WSR 08-11-098, § 388-478-0080, filed 5/20/08, effective 6/20/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, 74.09.530, and Section 1924 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-5). WSR 06-06-013, § 388-478-0080, filed 2/17/06, effective 3/20/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). WSR 05-06-090, § 388-478-0080, filed 3/1/05, effective 4/1/05; WSR 04-16-107, § 388-478-0080, filed 8/3/04, effective 9/3/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and 42 U.S.C. 1396r-5. WSR 02-10-116, § 388-478-0080, filed 4/30/02, effective 5/31/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and Section 1924 (42 U.S.C. 1396R-5). WSR 01-12-073, § 388-478-0080, filed 6/4/01, effective 7/5/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.04.057, and 74.09.575. WSR 00-10-095, § 388-478-0080, filed 5/2/00, effective 5/2/00; WSR 99-11-054, § 388-478-0080, filed 5/17/99, effective 6/17/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. WSR 98-16-044, § 388-478-0080, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98. Formerly WAC 388-511-1110.]



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SSI-related medical—General information.

(1) The agency (which includes its designee for purposes of this chapter) provides health care coverage under the Washington apple health (WAH) categorically needy (CN) and medically needy (MN) SSI-related programs for SSI-related people, meaning those who meet at least one of the federal SSI program criteria as being:
(a) Age sixty-five or older;
(b) Blind with:
(i) Central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens; or
(ii) A field of vision limitation so the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than twenty degrees.
(c) Disabled:
(i) "Disabled" means unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment, which:
(A) Can be expected to result in death; or
(B) Has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve months; or
(C) In the case of a child seventeen years of age or younger, if the child suffers from any medically determinable physical or mental impairment of comparable severity.
(ii) Decisions on SSI-related disability are subject to the authority of:
(A) Federal statutes and regulations codified at 42 U.S.C. Section 1382c and 20 C.F.R., parts 404 and 416, as amended; and
(B) Controlling federal court decisions, which define the OASDI and SSI disability standard and determination process.
(2) A denial of Title II or Title XVI federal benefits by SSA solely due to failure to meet the blindness or disability criteria is binding on the agency unless the applicant's:
(a) Denial is under appeal in the reconsideration stage in SSA's administrative hearing process, or SSA's appeals council; or
(b) Medical condition has changed since the SSA denial was issued.
(3) The agency considers a person who meets the special requirements for SSI status under Sections 1619(a) or 1619(b) of the Social Security Act as an SSI recipient. Such a person is eligible for WAH CN health care coverage under WAC 182-510-0001.
(4) Persons referred to in subsection (1) must also meet appropriate eligibility criteria found in the following WAC and EA-Z Manual sections:
(a) For all programs:
(i) WAC 182-506-0015, Medical assistance units;
(ii) WAC 182-504-0015, Categorically needy and WAC 182-504-0020, Medically needy certification periods;
(iii) Program specific requirements in chapter 182-512 WAC;
(iv) WAC 182-503-0050, Verification;
(v) WAC 182-503-0505, General eligibility requirements for medical programs;
(vi) WAC 182-503-0540, Assignment of rights and cooperation;
(vii) Chapter 182-516 WAC, Trusts, annuities and life estates.
(b) For LTC programs:
(i) Chapter 182-513 WAC, Long-term care services;
(ii) Chapter 182-515 WAC, Waiver services.
(c) For WAH MN, chapter 182-519 WAC, Spenddown;
(d) For WAH HWD, program specific requirements in chapter 182-511 WAC.
(5) Aliens who qualify for medicaid coverage, but are determined ineligible because of alien status may be eligible for programs as specified in WAC 182-507-0110.
(6) The agency pays for a person's medical care outside of Washington according to WAC 182-501-0180.
(7) The agency follows income and resource methodologies of the supplemental security income (SSI) program defined in federal law when determining eligibility for SSI-related medical or medicare savings programs unless the agency adopts rules that are less restrictive than those of the SSI program.
(8) Refer to WAC 182-504-0125 for effects of changes on medical assistance for redetermination of eligibility.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0050, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0050, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-002, § 388-475-0050, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Categorically needy (CN) medical eligibility.

(1) Washington apple health (WAH) categorically needy (CN) coverage is available for an SSI-related person who meets the criteria in WAC 182-512-0050, SSI-related medical—General information.
(2) To be eligible for SSI-related WAH CN medical programs, a person must also have:
(a) Countable income and resources at or below the SSI-related WAH CN medical monthly standard (refer to WAC 182-512-0010) or be eligible for an SSI cash grant but choose not to receive it; or
(b) Countable resources at or below the SSI resource standard and income above the SSI-related WAH CN medical monthly standard, but the countable income falls below that standard after applying special income disregards as described in WAC 182-512-0880; or
(c) Met requirements for long-term care (LTC) WAH CN income and resource requirements that are found in chapters 182-513 and 182-515 WAC if wanting LTC or waiver services.
(3) An ineligible spouse of an SSI recipient is not eligible for noninstitutional SSI-related WAH CN health care coverage. If an ineligible spouse of an SSI recipient has dependent children in the home, eligibility may be determined for health care coverage under the WAH medically needy program or for a modified adjusted gross income-based program.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0100, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0100, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-002, § 388-475-0100, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Medically needy (MN) medical eligibility.

(1) Washington apple health (WAH) medically needy (MN) health care coverage is available for any of the following:
(a) A person who is SSI-related and not eligible for WAH categorically needy (CN) medical coverage because the person has countable income that is above the WAH CN income level (CNIL) (or for long-term care (LTC) recipients, above the special income limit (SIL)):
(i) The person's countable income is at or below WAH MN standards, leaving no spenddown requirement; or
(ii) The person's countable income is above WAH MN standards requiring the person to spenddown their excess income (see subsection (4) of this section). See WAC 182-512-0500 through 182-512-0800 for rules on determining countable income, and WAC 182-519-0050 for program standards or chapter 182-513 WAC for institutional standards.
(b) An SSI-related ineligible spouse of an SSI recipient;
(c) A person who meets SSI program criteria but is not eligible for the SSI cash grant due to immigration status or sponsor deeming. See WAC 182-503-0535 for limits on eligibility for aliens;
(d) A person who meets the WAH MN LTC services requirements of chapter 182-513 WAC;
(e) A person who lives in an alternate living facility and meets the requirements of WAC 182-513-1305; or
(f) A person who meets resource requirements as described in chapter 182-512 WAC, elects and is certified for hospice services per chapter 182-551 WAC.
(2) A person whose countable resources are above the SSI resource standards is not eligible for WAH MN noninstitutional health care coverage. See WAC 182-512-0200 through 182-512-0550 to determine countable resources.
(3) A person who qualifies for services under WAH long-term care programs has different criteria and may spend down excess resources to become eligible for WAH LTC institutional or waiver health care coverage. Refer to WAC 182-513-1315 and 182-513-1395.
(4) A person with income over the effective WAH MN income limit (MNIL) described in WAC 182-519-0050 may become eligible for WAH MN coverage when the person has incurred medical expenses that are equal to the excess income. This is the process of meeting spenddown. Refer to chapter 182-519 WAC for spenddown information.
(5) A person may be eligible for health care coverage for any or all of the three months immediately prior to the month of application, if the person has:
(a) Met all eligibility requirements for the months being considered; and
(b) Received medical services covered by medicaid during that time.
(6) A person who is eligible for WAH MN without a spenddown is certified for up to twelve months. For a person who must meet a spenddown, refer to WAC 182-519-0110. For a person who is eligible for a WAH long-term care MN program, refer to WAC 182-513-1305 and 182-513-1315.
(7) A person must reapply for each certification period. There is no continuous eligibility for WAH MN.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0150, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021. WSR 12-20-001, § 182-512-0150, filed 9/19/12, effective 10/20/12. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0150, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-002, § 388-475-0150, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Definition of resources.

(1) A resource is any cash, other personal property, or real property that an applicant, recipient or other financially responsible person:
(a) Owns;
(b) Has the right, authority, or power to convert to cash (if not already cash); and
(c) Has the legal right to use for his/her support and maintenance.
(2) The value of a resource may change. However, the property (personal or real) still remains a resource.
(3) Some assets are not resources. Any asset that does not meet the criteria in subsection (1) above is not a resource.
(4) When an SSI-related client owns a bank account or time deposit jointly with others who are also SSI-related clients, we consider the funds as being available to the SSI-related individuals in equal shares, unless sufficient evidence to the contrary is provided.
(5) When an SSI-related client owns a bank account or time deposit jointly with others who are not SSI-related, we consider all funds in the joint account as available to the client unless sufficient evidence to the contrary is provided.
(6) When an SSI-related client jointly owns either real or personal property other than bank accounts or time deposits, the department considers that the client owns and has available only his or her fractional interest in the property unless sufficient evidence to the contrary is provided.
(7) A resource is countable toward the resource limit only if it is available and is not excluded.
[WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0200, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-002, § 388-475-0200, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medicalOwnership and availability of resources.

(1) The agency considers personal and real property to be available to a Washington apple health (WAH) applicant or recipient if the applicant or recipient:
(a) Owns the property;
(b) Has the authority to convert the property into cash;
(c) Can expect to convert the property to cash within twenty working days; and
(d) May legally use the property for his or her support.
(2) The agency counts the resources of financially responsible persons (as defined in WAC 182-506-0010) who live in the home even if those persons do not receive WAH coverage.
(3) For long-term care (LTC) services, cash and other resources transferred by a WAH applicant or recipient or his or her spouse to another to pay for the WAH applicant or recipient's LTC services are considered resources available to the applicant or recipient unless otherwise excluded in this chapter, chapter 182-513 WAC, or chapter 182-516 WAC.
(4) A resource is considered available on the first day of the month following the month of receipt unless a rule about a specific type of resource provides for a different time period.
(5) A resource that ordinarily cannot be converted to cash within twenty working days is considered unavailable as long as a reasonable effort is being made to convert the resource to cash.
(6) A person may provide evidence showing that a resource is unavailable. A resource is not counted if the person shows sufficient evidence that the resource is unavailable.
(7) We do not count the resources of victims of family violence, as defined in WAC 388-452-0010, when:
(a) The resource is owned jointly with members of the former household;
(b) Availability of the resource depends on an agreement of the joint owner; or
(c) Making the resource available would place the person at risk of harm.
(8) The value of a resource is its fair market value minus encumbrances.
(9) Refer to WAC 182-512-0260 to consider additional resources when an alien has a sponsor.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 15-07-064, § 182-512-0250, filed 3/16/15, effective 4/16/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0250, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as WAC 182-512-0250, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-002, § 388-475-0250, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—How to count a sponsor's resources.

(1) The agency counts part of a sponsor's resources as available to an applicant or recipient of Washington apple health (WAH) SSI-related health care coverage if:
(a) The person is a sponsored immigrant as defined in WAC 182-512-0785; and
(b) The person is not exempt from deeming under WAC 182-512-0790.
(2) The agency determines the amount of the sponsor's resources to count by:
(a) Totaling the countable resources of the sponsor and the sponsor's spouse (if the spouse signed the affidavit of support);
(b) Subtracting fifteen hundred dollars; and
(c) Counting the remaining amount as a resource that is available to the person.
(3) When a sponsor has sponsored other people as well, the agency divides the result by the total number of people sponsored.
(4) A sponsor's resources are counted when determining eligibility for WAH coverage until the person becomes exempt from deeming under WAC 182-512-0790.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0260, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14.]



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SSI-related medicalResources eligibility.

(1) At 12:00 a.m. on the first day of the month a client's countable resources must be at or below the resource standard to be eligible for noninstitutional medical benefits for that month. If the total of the client's countable resources is above the resource standard at 12:00 a.m. on the first day of the month, the client is ineligible for noninstitutional medical benefits for that entire month regardless of resource status at the time of application during that month. For resource eligibility relating to long-term care eligibility see chapter 182-513 WAC.
(2) An excluded resource converted to another excluded resource remains excluded.
(3) Cash received from the sale of an excluded resource becomes a countable resource the first of the month following conversion unless the cash is:
(a) Used to replace the excluded resource;
(b) Invested in another excluded resource in the same month or within the longer time allowed for home sales under WAC 182-512-0350; or
(c) Spent.
(4) The unspent portion of a nonrecurring lump sum payment is counted as a resource on the first of the month following its receipt with the following exception: The unspent portion of any Title II (SSA) or Title XVI (SSI) retroactive payment is excluded as a resource for nine months following the month of receipt. These exclusions apply to lump sums received by the client, client's spouse or any other person who is financially responsible for the client.
(5) Clients applying for SSI-related medical coverage for long-term care (LTC) services must meet different resource rules. See chapter 182-513 WAC for LTC resource rules.
(6) The transfer of a resource without adequate consideration does not affect medical program eligibility except for LTC services described in chapters 182-513 and 182-515 WAC. In those programs, the transfer may make a client ineligible for medical benefits for a period of time. See WAC 182-513-1363 for LTC rules.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 19-02-046, § 182-512-0300, filed 12/27/18, effective 1/27/19. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0300, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.04.050, 74.09.500. WSR 08-23-101, § 388-475-0300, filed 11/19/08, effective 12/20/08; WSR 08-14-048, § 388-475-0300, filed 6/24/08, effective 7/25/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-002, § 388-475-0300, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Property and contracts excluded as resources.

(1) The agency does not count the following resources when determining eligibility for SSI-related medical assistance:
(a) A person's household goods and personal effects;
(b) One home (which can be any shelter), including the land on which the dwelling is located and all contiguous property and related out-buildings in which the person has ownership interest (for WAH long-term care programs, see WAC 182-513-1350 for home equity limits), when:
(i) The person uses the home as his or her primary residence; or
(ii) The person's spouse lives in the home; or
(iii) The person does not currently live in the home but the person or his/her representative has stated he or she intends to return to the home; or
(iv) A relative, who is financially or medically dependent on the person, lives in the home and either the dependency is documented or a written statement of dependency is provided by the person, or his or her authorized representative or by the dependent relative.
(c) The value of ownership interest in jointly owned real property is an excluded resource for as long as sale of the property would cause undue hardship to a co-owner due to loss of housing. Undue hardship would result if the co-owner:
(i) Uses the property as his or her principal place of residence;
(ii) Would have to move if the property were sold; and
(iii) Has no other readily available housing.
(2) Cash proceeds from the sale of the home described in subsection (1)(b) of this section are not considered if the person uses them to purchase another home by the end of the third month after receiving the proceeds from the sale.
(3) An installment contract from the sale of the home described in subsection (1)(b) above is not a resource as long as the person plans to use the entire down payment and the entire principal portion of a given installment payment to buy another excluded home, and does so within three full calendar months after the month of receiving such down payment or installment payment.
(4) The value of sales contracts is excluded when the:
(a) Current market value of the contract is zero,
(b) Contract cannot be sold; or
(c) Current market value of the sales contract combined with other resources does not exceed the resource limits.
(5) Sales contracts executed before December 1, 1993, are exempt resources as long as they are not transferred to someone other than a spouse.
(6) A sales contract for the sale of the person's principal place of residence executed between December 1, 1993 and May 31, 2004 is considered an exempt resource unless it has been transferred to someone other than a spouse and it:
(a) Provides interest income within the prevailing interest rate at the time of the sale;
(b) Requires the repayment of a principal amount equal to the fair market value of the property; and
(c) The term of the contract does not exceed thirty years.
(7) A sales contract executed on or after June 1, 2004 on a home that was the principal place of residence for the person at the time of institutionalization is considered exempt as long as it is not transferred to someone other than a spouse and it:
(a) Provides interest income within the prevailing interest rate at the time of the sale;
(b) Requires the repayment of a principal amount equal to the fair market value of the property within the anticipated life expectancy of the person; and
(c) The term of the contract does not exceed thirty years.
(8) Payments received on sales contracts of the home described in subsection (1)(b) of this section are treated as follows:
(a) The interest portion of the payment is treated as unearned income in the month of receipt of the payment;
(b) The principal portion of the payment is treated as an excluded resource if reinvested in the purchase of a new home within three months after the month of receipt;
(c) If the principal portion of the payment is not reinvested in the purchase of a new home within three months after the month of receipt, that portion of the payment is considered a liquid resource as of the date of receipt.
(9) Payments received on sales contracts described in subsection (4) of this section are treated as follows:
(a) The principal portion of the payment on the contract is treated as a resource and counted toward the resource limit to the extent retained at the first moment of the month following the month of receipt of the payment; and
(b) The interest portion is treated as unearned income the month of receipt of the payment.
(10) For sales contracts that meet the criteria in subsections (5), (6), or (7) of this section but do not meet the criteria in subsections (3) or (4) of this section, both the principal and interest portions of the payment are treated as unearned income in the month of receipt.
(11) Property essential to self-support is not considered a resource within certain limits. The agency places property essential to self-support in several categories:
(a) Real and personal property used in a trade or business (income-producing property), such as:
(i) Land;
(ii) Buildings;
(iii) Equipment;
(iv) Supplies;
(v) Motor vehicles; and
(vi) Tools.
(b) Nonbusiness income-producing property, such as:
(i) Houses or apartments for rent; and
(ii) Land, other than home property.
(c) Property used to produce goods or services essential to a person's daily activities, such as land used to produce vegetables or livestock, which is only used for personal consumption in the person's household. This includes personal property necessary to perform daily functions including vehicles such as boats for subsistence fishing and garden tractors for subsistence farming, but does not include other vehicles such as those that qualify as automobiles (cars, trucks).
(12) The agency excludes a person's equity in real and personal property used in a trade or business (income producing property listed in subsection (11)(a) of this section) regardless of value as long as it is currently in use in the trade or business and remains used in the trade or business.
(13) The agency excludes up to six thousand dollars of a person's equity in nonbusiness income-producing property listed in subsection (11)(b) of this section, if it produces a net annual income to the person of at least six percent of the excluded equity.
(a) If a person's equity in the property is over six thousand dollars, only the amount over six thousand dollars is counted toward the resource limit, as long as the net annual income requirement of six percent is met on the excluded equity.
(b) If the six percent requirement is not met due to circumstances beyond the person's control, and there is a reasonable expectation that the activities will again meet the six percent rule, the same exclusions as in subsection (13)(a) of this section apply.
(c) If a person has more than one piece of property in this category, each is looked at to see if it meets the six percent return and the total equities of all those properties are added to see if the total is over six thousand dollars. If the total is over the six thousand dollars limit, the amount exceeding the limit is counted toward the resource limit.
(d) The equity in each property that does not meet the six percent annual net income limit is counted toward the resource limit, with the exception of property that represents the authority granted by a governmental agency to engage in an income-producing activity if it is:
(i) Used in a trade or business or nonbusiness income-producing activity; or
(ii) Not used due to circumstances beyond the person's control, e.g., illness, and there is a reasonable expectation that the use will resume.
(14) Property used to produce goods or services essential to a person's daily activities is excluded if the person's equity in the property does not exceed six thousand dollars.
(15) Personal property used by a person for work is not counted, regardless of value, while in current use, or if the required use for work is reasonably expected to resume.
(16) Interests in trust or in restricted Indian land owned by a person who is of Indian descent from a federally recognized Indian tribe or held by the spouse or widow/er of that person, is not counted if permission of the other persons, the tribe, or an agency of the federal government must be received in order to dispose of the land.
(17) Receipt of money by a member of a federally recognized tribe from exercising federally protected rights or extraction of exempt resources, such as fishing, shell-fishing, or selling timber from protected land, is considered conversion of an exempt resource during the month of receipt. Any amount remaining from the conversion of this exempt resource on the first of the month after the month of receipt will remain exempt if it is used to purchase another exempt resource. Any amount remaining in the form of a countable resource (such as in a checking or savings account) on the first of the month after receipt, will be added to other countable resources for eligibility determinations.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0350, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0350, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and ARRA of 2009, Public Law 111-5, Section 5006(b); 42 C.F.R. 435.601, EEOICPA of 2000, Public Law 106398, Sec. 1, app., Title XXXVI (Oct. 30, 2000) (section 1 adopting as Appendix H.R. 5408), Section 3646 of the Appendix. WSR 10-15-069, § 388-475-0350, filed 7/16/10, effective 8/16/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-003, § 388-475-0350, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medicalVehicles excluded as resources.

(1) For SSI-related medical programs, a vehicle is defined as anything used for transportation. In addition to cars and trucks, a vehicle can include boats, snowmobiles, and animal-drawn vehicles.
(2) One vehicle is excluded regardless of its value, if it is used to provide transportation for the SSI-related person or a member of the person's household.
(3) A vehicle used as the person's primary residence is excluded as the home, and does not count as the one excluded vehicle under subsection (2) of this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, P.L. 111-148, 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, and 457, and 45 C.F.R § 155. WSR 17-03-116, § 182-512-0400, filed 1/17/17, effective 2/17/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0400, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0400, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500. WSR 10-13-077, § 388-475-0400, filed 6/15/10, effective 7/16/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-003, § 388-475-0400, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Life insurance excluded as a resource.

(1) The agency excludes life insurance policies that do not have or cannot accrue a cash surrender value (CSV) in determining whether owned policies exceed the life insurance exclusion limits for resources and in determining burial fund exclusion limits.
(2) Policies owned by each spouse are evaluated and counted separately.
(3) If the total face value of all policies with a CSV potential that a person owns on the same insured is equal to or less than fifteen hundred dollars, the resource is excluded.
(4) If the total face value of all policies with a CSV potential that a person owns on the same insured is more than fifteen hundred dollars, the total CSV of the policies is counted toward the resource limit, unless the person designates such policies as burial funds. If they are designated as burial funds, they must be evaluated under the burial fund exclusion described in WAC 182-512-0500.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0450, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0450, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-003, § 388-475-0450, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Burial funds, contracts and spaces excluded as resources.

(1) For the purposes of this section, burial funds are funds set aside and clearly designated solely for burial and related expenses and kept separate from all other resources not intended for burial. These include:
(a) Revocable burial contracts;
(b) Revocable burial trusts;
(c) Installment contracts for purchase of a burial space on which payments are still owing;
(d) Other revocable burial arrangements. The designation is effective the first day of the month in which the person intended the funds to be set aside for burial.
(2) The following burial funds are excluded as resources for the person and his or her spouse up to fifteen hundred dollars each when set aside solely for the expenses of burial or cremation and expenses related to the burial or cremation, and the funds are either:
(a) An installment contract for purchase of a burial space that is not yet paid in full; or
(b) In a revocable burial contract, burial trust, cash accounts, or other financial instrument with a definite cash value.
(3) Interest earned in burial funds and appreciation in the value of excluded burial arrangements in subsection (2)(a) and (b) of this section are excluded from resources and are not counted as income if left to accumulate and become part of the separate burial fund.
(4) The fifteen hundred dollar exclusion for burial funds described in subsection (2) of this section is reduced by:
(a) The face value of life insurance with CSV excluded in WAC 182-512-0450; and
(b) Amounts in an irrevocable burial trust, or other irrevocable arrangement available to meet burial expenses, or burial space purchase agreement installment contracts on which money is still owing. If these reductions bring the balance of the available exclusion to zero, no additional funds can be excluded as burial funds.
(5) An irrevocable burial account, burial trust, or other irrevocable burial arrangement, set aside solely for burial and related expenses is not considered a resource. The amount set aside must be reasonably related to the anticipated death-related expenses in order to be excluded.
(6) A person's burial funds are no longer excluded when they are mixed with other resources that are not related to burial.
(7) When excluded burial funds are spent for other purposes, the spent amount is added to other countable resources and any amount exceeding the resource limit is considered available income on the first of the month it is used. The amount remaining in the burial fund remains excluded.
(8) Burial space and accessories for the person and any member of the person's immediate family described in subsection (9) of this section are excluded. Burial space and accessories include:
(a) Conventional gravesites;
(b) Crypts, niches, and mausoleums;
(c) Urns, caskets and other repositories customarily used for the remains of deceased persons;
(d) Necessary and reasonable improvements to the burial space including, but not limited to:
(i) Vaults and burial containers;
(ii) Headstones, markers and plaques;
(iii) Arrangements for the opening and closing of the gravesite; and
(iv) Contracts for care and maintenance of the gravesite.
(e) A burial space purchase agreement that is currently paid for and owned by the person is also defined as a burial space. The entire value of the purchase agreement is excluded; as well as any interest accrued, which is left to accumulate as part of the value of the agreement. The value of this agreement does not reduce the amount of burial fund exclusion available to the person.
(9) Immediate family, for the purposes of subsection (8) of this section includes the person's:
(a) Spouse;
(b) Parents and adoptive parents;
(c) Minor and adult children, including adoptive and stepchildren;
(d) Siblings (brothers and sisters), including adoptive and stepsiblings;
(e) Spouses of any of the above.
None of the family members listed above, need to be dependent on or living with the person, to be considered immediate family members.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0500, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0500, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-003, § 388-475-0500, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medicalAll other excluded resources.

All resources described in this section are excluded resources for SSI-related medical programs. Unless otherwise stated, interest earned on the resource amount is counted as unearned income.
(1) Resources necessary for a person who is blind or disabled to fulfill a self-sufficiency plan approved by the agency.
(2) Retroactive payments from SSI or old age, survivors, and disability insurance (OASDI), including benefits a person receives under the interim assistance reimbursement agreement with the Social Security Administration, are excluded for nine months following the month of receipt. This exclusion applies to:
(a) Payments received by the person, the person's spouse, or any other person financially responsible for the person;
(b) SSI payments for benefits due for the month(s) before the month of continuing payment;
(c) OASDI payments for benefits due for a month that is two or more months before the month of continuing payment; and
(d) Proceeds from these payments as long as they are held as cash, or in a checking or savings account. The funds may be commingled with other funds, but must remain identifiable from the other funds for this exclusion to apply. This exclusion does not apply once the payments have been converted to any other type of resource.
(3) All resources specifically excluded by federal law, such as those described in subsections (4) through (11) of this section as long as such funds are identifiable.
(4) Payments made under Title II of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970.
(5) The excluded resources described in WAC 182-512-0770 and other resources of American Indians/Alaska Natives that are excluded by federal law.
(6) Restitution payment and any interest earned from this payment to persons of Japanese or Aleut ancestry who were relocated and interned during war time under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 and the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands Restitution Act.
(7) Funds received from the Agent Orange Settlement Fund or any other funds established to settle Agent Orange liability claims.
(8) Payments or interest accrued on payments received under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act received by the injured person, the surviving spouse, children, grandchildren, or grandparents.
(9) Payments or interest accrued on payments received under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act of 2000 (EEOICA) received by the injured person, the surviving spouse, children, grandchildren, or grandparents.
(10) Payments from:
(a) The Dutch government under the Netherlands' Act on Benefits for Victims of Persecution (WUV).
(b) The Victims of Nazi Persecution Act of 1994 to survivors of the Holocaust.
(c) Susan Walker vs. Bayer Corporation, et al., 96-C-5024 (N.D. Ill.) (May 8, 1997) settlement funds.
(d) Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998 P.L. 105-369.
(11) The unspent social insurance payments received due to wage credits granted under sections 500 through 506 of the Austrian General Social Insurance Act.
(12) Tax refunds and earned income tax credit refunds and payments are excluded as resources for twelve months after the month of receipt.
(13) Payments from a state administered victim's compensation program for a period of nine calendar months after the month of receipt.
(14) Cash or in-kind items received as a settlement for the purpose of repairing or replacing a specific excluded resource are excluded:
(a) For nine months. This includes relocation assistance provided by state or local government.
(b) Up to a maximum of thirty months, when:
(i) The person intends to repair or replace the excluded resource; and
(ii) Circumstances beyond the control of the settlement recipient prevented the repair or replacement of the excluded resource within the first or second nine months of receipt of the settlement.
(c) For an indefinite period, if the settlement is from federal relocation assistance.
(d) Permanently, if the settlement is assistance received under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act or other assistance provided under a federal statute because of a catastrophe which is declared to be a major disaster by the President of the United States, or is comparable assistance received from a state or local government or from a disaster assistance organization. Interest earned on this assistance is also excluded from resources. Any cash or in-kind items received as a settlement and excluded under this subsection are available resources when not used within the allowable time periods.
(15) Insurance proceeds or other assets recovered by a Holocaust survivor.
(16) Pension funds owned by an ineligible spouse. Pension funds are defined as funds held in a(n):
(a) Individual retirement account (IRA) as described by the IRS code; or
(b) Work-related pension plan (including plans for self-employed persons, known as Keogh plans).
(17) Cash payments received from a medical or social service agency to pay for medical or social services are excluded for one calendar month following the month of receipt.
(18) SSA- or division of vocational rehabilitation (DVR)-approved plans for achieving self-support (PASS) accounts, allowing blind or disabled persons to set aside resources necessary for the achievement of the plan's goals, are excluded.
(19) Food and nutrition programs with federal involvement. This includes Washington Basic Food, school reduced and free meals and milk programs and WIC.
(20) Gifts to, or for the benefit of, a person under eighteen years old who has a life-threatening condition, from an organization described in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of that code, as follows:
(a) In-kind gifts that are not converted to cash; or
(b) Cash gifts up to a total of two thousand dollars in a calendar year.
(21) Veteran's payments made to, or on behalf of, natural children of Vietnam veterans regardless of their age or marital status, for any disability resulting from spina bifida suffered by these children.
(22) The following are among assets that are not resources and as such are neither excluded nor counted:
(a) Home energy assistance/support and maintenance assistance;
(b) Retroactive in-home supportive services payments to ineligible spouses and parents; and
(c) Gifts of domestic travel tickets.
(23) For a more complete list, please see the program operations manual system (POMS) at http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0501130050.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 19-13-010, § 182-512-0550, filed 6/6/19, effective 7/7/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0550, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0550, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, chapter 74.12 RCW, and The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. WSR 11-21-025, § 388-475-0550, filed 10/11/11, effective 10/29/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and ARRA of 2009, Public Law 111-5, Section 5006(b); 42 C.F.R. 435.601, EEOICPA of 2000, Public Law 106398, Sec. 1, app., Title XXXVI (Oct. 30, 2000) (section 1 adopting as Appendix H.R. 5408), Section 3646 of the Appendix. WSR 10-15-069, § 388-475-0550, filed 7/16/10, effective 8/16/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500, and Social Security Act as amended by P.L. 108-203. WSR 06-04-046, § 388-475-0550, filed 1/26/06, effective 2/26/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-004, § 388-475-0550, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medicalDefinition of income.

(1) Income is anything a client receives in cash or in-kind that can be used to meet his/her needs for food or shelter. Income can be earned or unearned.
(2) Some receipts are not income because they do not meet the definition of income above. Some types of receipts that are not income are:
(a) Cash or in-kind assistance from federal, state, or local government programs whose purpose is to provide medical care or services;
(b) Some in-kind payments that are not food or shelter coming from nongovernmental programs whose purposes are to provide medical care or medical services;
(c) Payments for repair or replacement of an exempt resource;
(d) Refunds or rebates for money already paid;
(e) Receipts from sale of a resource;
(f) Replacement of income already received (see 20 C.F.R. 416.1103 for a more complete list of receipts that are not income); and
(g) Receipts from extraction of exempt resources for a member of a federally recognized tribe.
(3) Earned income includes the following types of payments:
(a) Gross wages and salaries, including garnished amounts;
(b) Commissions and bonuses;
(c) Severance pay;
(d) Other special payments received because of employment;
(e) Net earnings from self-employment (WAC 182-512-0840 describes earnings exclusions);
(f) Self-employment income of tribal members unless the income is specifically exempted by treaty;
(g) Payments for services performed in a sheltered workshop or work activities center;
(h) Royalties earned by a client in connection with any publication of their work and any honoraria received for services rendered; and
(i) In-kind payments made in lieu of cash wages, including the value of food or shelter.
(4) Unearned income is all income that is not earned income. Some types of unearned income are:
(a) Annuities, pensions, and other periodic payments;
(b) Alimony and support payments;
(c) Voluntary or court-ordered child support payments, including arrears, received from a noncustodial parent for the benefit of a child are the income of the child;
(d) Dividends and interest;
(e) Royalties (except for royalties earned by a client in connection with any publication of their work and any honoraria received for services rendered which would be earned income);
(f) Capital gains;
(g) Rents;
(h) Benefits received as the result of another's death to the extent that the total amount exceeds the expenses of the deceased person's last illness and burial paid by the recipient;
(i) Gifts;
(j) Inheritances;
(k) Prizes and awards; and
(l) Amounts received by tribal members from gaming revenues with the exceptions cited in WAC 182-512-0770(3).
(5) Some items which may be withheld from income, but which the agency considers as received income are:
(a) Federal, state, or local income taxes;
(b) Health or life insurance premiums;
(c) SMI premiums;
(d) Union dues;
(e) Penalty deductions for failure to report changes;
(f) Loan payments;
(g) Garnishments;
(h) Child support payments, court ordered or voluntary (WAC 182-512-0900 has an exception for deemors);
(i) Service fees charged on interest-bearing checking accounts;
(j) Inheritance taxes; and
(k) Guardianship fees if presence of a guardian is not a requirement for receiving the income.
(6) Countable income, for the purposes of this chapter, means all income that is available to the client:
(a) If it cannot be excluded; and
(b) After deducting all allowable disregards and deductions.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 19-11-050, § 182-512-0600, filed 5/10/19, effective 6/10/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0600, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0600, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and ARRA of 2009 (Recovery Act), Public Law 111-5, Section 5006(b); 42 C.F.R. 435.601, EEOICPA of 2000, Public Law 106398, Sec. 1, app., Title XXXVI (Oct. 30, 2000) (section 1 adopting as Appendix H.R. 5408), Section 3646 of the Appendix. WSR 10-15-069, § 388-475-0600, filed 7/16/10, effective 8/16/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-004, § 388-475-0600, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Available income.

(1) Income is considered available to a person at the earliest of when it is:
(a) Received; or
(b) Credited to a person's account; or
(c) Set aside for his or her use; or
(d) Can be used to meet the person's needs for food or shelter.
(2) Anticipated nonrecurring lump sum payments are treated as income in the month received, with the exception of those listed in WAC 182-512-0700(5), and any remainder is considered a resource in the following month.
(3) Reoccurring income is considered available in the month of normal receipt, even if the financial institution posts it before or after the month of normal receipt.
(4) In-kind income received from anyone other than a legally responsible relative is considered available income only if it is earned income.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0650, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0650, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-004, § 388-475-0650, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medicalIncome eligibility.

(1) In order to be eligible, a person is required to do everything necessary to obtain any income to which he or she is entitled including (but not limited to):
(a) Annuities;
(b) Pensions;
(c) Unemployment compensation;
(d) Retirement; and
(e) Disability benefits; even if their receipt makes the person ineligible for agency services, unless the person can provide evidence showing good reason for not obtaining the benefits.
(2) The agency does not count this income until the person begins to receive it. Income is budgeted prospectively for all Washington apple health (WAH) health care programs.
(3) Anticipated nonrecurring lump sum payments other than retroactive SSI/SSDI payments are considered income in the month received, subject to reporting requirements in WAC 182-504-0110. Any unspent portion is considered a resource the first of the following month.
(4) The agency follows income and resource methodologies of the supplemental security income (SSI) program defined in federal law when determining eligibility for WAH SSI-related medical or medicare savings programs unless the agency adopts rules that are less restrictive than those of the SSI program.
(5) Exceptions to the SSI income methodology:
(a) Lump sum payments from a retroactive old age, survivors, and disability insurance (OASDI) benefit, when reduced by the amount of SSI received during the period covered by the payment, are not counted as income;
(b) Unspent retroactive lump sum money from SSI or OASDI is excluded as a resource for nine months following receipt of the lump sum; and
(c) Both the principal and interest portions of payments from a sales contract, that meet the definition in WAC 182-512-0350(10), are unearned income.
(6) To be eligible for WAH categorically needy (CN) SSI-related health care coverage, a person's countable income cannot exceed the WAH CN program standard described in:
(a) WAC 182-512-0010 for noninstitutional WAH coverage unless living in an alternate living facility; or
(b) WAC 182-513-1205 for noninstitutional WAH CN coverage while living in an alternate living facility; or
(c) WAC 182-513-1315 for institutional and waiver services coverage.
(7) To be eligible for SSI-related health care coverage provided under the WAH medically needy (MN) program, a person must:
(a) Have countable income at or below the effective WAH MN program standard as described in WAC 182-519-0050;
(b) Satisfy spenddown requirements described in WAC 182-519-0110;
(c) Meet the requirements for noninstitutional WAH MN coverage while living in an alternate living facility (ALF). See WAC 182-513-1205; or
(d) Meet eligibility for institutional WAH MN coverage described in WAC 182-513-1315.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 19-13-010, § 182-512-0700, filed 6/6/19, effective 7/7/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0700, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021. WSR 12-20-001, § 182-512-0700, filed 9/19/12, effective 10/20/12. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0700, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500, and Social Security Act as amended by P.L. 108-203. WSR 06-04-046, § 388-475-0700, filed 1/26/06, effective 2/26/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-004, § 388-475-0700, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Countable unearned income.

The agency counts unearned income for Washington apple health (WAH) SSI-related medical programs as follows:
(1) The total amount of income benefits to which a person is entitled is treated as available unearned income even when the benefits are:
(a) Reduced through the withholding of a portion of the benefit amount to repay a legal obligation;
(b) Garnished to repay a debt, other legal obligation, or make any other payment such as payment of medicare premiums.
(2) Payments received on a loan:
(a) Interest paid on the loan amount is considered unearned income; and
(b) Payments on the loan principal are not considered income. However, any amounts retained on the first of the following month are considered a resource.
(3) Money borrowed by a person, which must be repaid, is not considered income. It is considered a loan. If the money received does not need to be repaid, it is considered a gift.
(4) Rental income received for the use of real or personal property, such as land, housing or machinery is considered unearned income. The countable portion of rental income received is the amount left after deducting necessary expenses of managing and maintaining the property paid in that month or carried over from a previous month. Necessary expenses are those such as:
(a) Advertising for tenants;
(b) Property taxes;
(c) Property insurance;
(d) Repairs and maintenance on the property; and
(e) Interest and escrow portions of a mortgage.
note: When a person is in the business of renting properties and actively works the business (over twenty hours per week), the income is counted as earned income.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0750, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0750, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-004, § 388-475-0750, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Education assistance.

(1) The agency does not count:
(a) Educational assistance in the form of grants, loans or work study, issued from Title IV of the Higher Education Amendments (Title IV – HEA) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) education assistance programs. Examples of Title IV – HEA and BIA educational assistance include, but are not limited to:
(i) College work study (federal and state);
(ii) Pell grants; and
(iii) BIA higher education grants.
(b) Educational assistance in the form of grants, loans or work study made available under any program administered by the department of education (DOE) to an undergraduate student. Examples of programs administered by DOE include, but are not limited to:
(i) Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program;
(ii) Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program; and
(iii) Library Career Training Program.
(2) For assistance in the form of grants, loans or work study under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act, P.L. 101-391:
(a) If the person attends school half-time or more, the agency subtracts the following expenses:
(i) Tuition;
(ii) Fees;
(iii) Costs for purchase or rental of equipment, materials, or supplies required of all students in the same course of study;
(iv) Books;
(v) Supplies;
(vi) Transportation;
(vii) Dependent care; and
(viii) Miscellaneous personal expenses.
(b) If the person attends school less than half-time, the agency subtracts the following expenses:
(i) Tuition;
(ii) Fees; and
(iii) Costs for purchase or rental of equipment, materials, or supplies required of all students in the same course of study.
(3) WorkFirst work-study income is not counted.
(4) Income received from work study program that is not excluded under subsection (1) of this section is counted as earned income and is subject to earned income disregards as described in WAC 182-512-0840(2).
(5) If the person receives Veteran's Administration Educational Assistance:
(a) All applicable attendance costs are subtracted; and
(b) The remaining income is budgeted as unearned income.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0760, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14.]



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SSI-related medicalAmerican Indian or Alaska Native excluded income and resources.

(1) The agency excludes the following types of income from being considered when determining eligibility for Washington apple health (WAH) categorically needy (CN) and medically needy (MN) SSI-related programs for American Indians or Alaska Natives:
(a) Distributions from Alaska Native corporations and settlement trusts;
(b) Distributions from any property held in trust, subject to federal restrictions, located within the most recent boundaries of a prior federal reservation, or otherwise under the supervision of the Secretary of the Interior;
(c) Distributions and payments from rents, leases, rights of way, royalties, usage rights, or natural resource extraction and harvest from:
(i) Rights of ownership or possession in any lands described in (b) of this subsection; or
(ii) Federally protected rights regarding off-reservation hunting, fishing, gathering, or usage of natural resources.
(d) Distributions resulting from real property ownership interests related to natural resources and improvements that are:
(i) Located on or near a reservation or within the most recent boundaries of a prior federal reservation; or
(ii) Resulting from the exercise of federally protected rights relating to such real property ownership interests.
(e) Payments resulting from:
(i) Ownership interests in or usage rights to items that have unique religious, spiritual, traditional, or cultural significance; or
(ii) Rights that support subsistence or a traditional lifestyle according to applicable tribal law or custom.
(f) Student financial assistance provided under the Bureau of Indian Affairs education programs; and
(g) Any other applicable income exclusion as provided by federal law, regulation, or rule.
(2) The agency excludes the following types of resources from being considered when determining eligibility for WAH-CN and WAH-MN SSI-related programs for American Indians or Alaska Natives:
(a) Property, including real property and improvements, that is:
(i) Held in trust, subject to federal restrictions, or otherwise under the supervision of the Secretary of the Interior; and
(ii) Located on a reservation, including any federally recognized Indian tribe's reservation, pueblo, or colony, including:
(A) Former reservations in Oklahoma;
(B) Alaska Native regions established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; and
(C) Indian allotments on or near a reservation as designated and approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior.
(b) Property located within the most recent boundaries of a prior federal reservation for any federally recognized tribe not described in (a) of this subsection;
(c) Ownership interests in rents, leases, royalties, or usage rights related to natural resources (including, but not limited to, extraction of natural resources or harvesting of timber, other plants and plant products, animals, fish and shellfish) resulting from the exercise of federally protected rights; and
(d) Ownership interests in or usage rights to items not covered in (a), (b), or (c) of this subsection that have unique religious, spiritual, traditional, or cultural significance or rights that support subsistence or a traditional lifestyle according to applicable tribal law or custom.
(3) When determining eligibility for WAH-CN and WAH-MN SSI-related programs for American Indians or Alaska Natives, the agency counts or excludes amounts received by tribal members from exercise of gaming revenues (per capita distributions) that are retained after the month of receipt based on the type of resource in which the money is retained. If the amounts are retained in a countable resource (for example, cash, checking account, or savings account), the agency treats the amounts as a countable resource. If the amounts are converted to an excluded resource (for example, personal property like a refrigerator), the agency treats the amounts as excluded resources.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, 42 C.F.R. § 431, 435, and 457, and 45 C.F.R. § 155; 42 U.S.C. Chapter 157. WSR 15-07-065, § 182-512-0770, filed 3/16/15, effective 4/16/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0770, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14.]



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SSI-related medical—Employment and training programs.

(1) The agency excludes income received from the following programs:
(a) Payments issued under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA);
(b) Payments issued under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. This includes payments made through the AmeriCorps program;
(c) Payments issued under Title I of the Domestic Volunteer Act of 1973, such as VISTA, AmeriCorps VISTA, University Year for Action, and Urban Crime Prevention Program; and
(d) All payments issued under Title II of the Domestic Volunteer Act of 1973. These include:
(i) Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP);
(ii) Foster Grandparents Program; and
(iii) Senior Companion Program.
(2) The agency counts training allowances from vocational and rehabilitative programs as earned income when:
(a) The program is recognized by federal, state, or local governments; and
(b) The allowance is not a reimbursement.
(3) The agency excludes support service payments received by or made on behalf of WorkFirst recipients.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0780, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14.]



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SSI-related medical—Effect of a sponsor's income.

(1) The following definitions apply to this section:
(a) "Sponsor" means a person who agreed to meet the needs of a sponsored immigrant by signing a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Affidavit of Support form I-864 or I-864A. This includes a sponsor's spouse if the spouse signed the affidavit of support.
(b) "Sponsored immigrant" means a person who must have a sponsor under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to be admitted into the United States for residence.
(c) "Deeming" means the agency counts a part of the sponsor's income and resources as available to the sponsored immigrant.
(d) "Exempt" means the person meets one of the conditions of WAC 182-512-0790.
(2) If the person is a sponsored immigrant and is not exempt from deeming, the person must provide the following information to be eligible for Washington apple health (WAH) SSI-related coverage even if the person is not receiving support from their sponsor:
(a) The name and address of the sponsor;
(b) The income and resources of the sponsor; and
(c) Any additional information needed for the agency to determine if:
(i) Income must be deemed to the person's medical assistance unit (MAU); and
(ii) The amount of income that must be deemed to the MAU.
(3) If the person is not eligible for coverage because the agency does not have the information needed regarding the sponsor, eligibility for other unsponsored household members applying for coverage is not delayed. Although the sponsored immigrant may not be eligible for coverage, the following is counted when determining the eligibility of other household members:
(a) All earned or unearned income of the sponsored immigrant that is not excluded under chapter 182-512 WAC; and
(b) All deductions the sponsored immigrant would be eligible for under chapter 182-512 WAC.
(4) If the person refuses to provide the agency with the information needed regarding the sponsor, the other adult members in the MAU must provide the information. If the same person sponsored everyone in the MAU, the entire MAU is not eligible for WAH coverage until someone provides the information that is needed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 18-15-005, § 182-512-0785, filed 7/6/18, effective 8/6/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0785, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14.]



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SSI-related medical—Exemption from sponsor deeming.

(1) A person who meets any of the following conditions is permanently exempt from deeming and the agency does not count the sponsor's income or resources when determining eligibility for Washington apple health (WAH) SSI-related coverage:
(a) The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) does not require the person to have a sponsor. Immigrants who are not required to have a sponsor include those with the following status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):
(i) Refugee;
(ii) Parolee admitted under Section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA);
(iii) Asylee;
(iv) Cuban/Haitian entrant under Section 202 of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA);
(v) Amerasians admitted with an I-551 admission code of AM1, AM2, AM3, AM6, AM7, or AM8; and
(vi) Special immigrant from Iraq or Afghanistan.
(b) The person meets the blindness or disability requirements described in WAC 182-512-0050(1);
(c) The person was sponsored by an organization or group as opposed to another person;
(d) The person is a nonqualified or undocumented alien as defined in WAC 182-503-0530 (3) and (4);
(e) The person has worked or can get credit for forty qualifying quarters of work under Title II of the Social Security Act. The agency does not count a quarter of work toward this requirement if the person working received TANF, Basic Food, SSI, CHIP, or nonemergency medicaid coverage. A quarter of work earned by the following people is counted toward the forty qualifying quarters:
(i) The person;
(ii) The person's parents for the time they worked before the person turned eighteen years old (including the time they worked before the person's birth); and
(iii) The person's spouse if still married or if the spouse is deceased.
(f) The person has become a United States (U.S.) citizen;
(g) The sponsor is dead; or
(h) If USCIS or a court decides that the person, their child, or their parent was a victim of domestic violence from the person's sponsor and:
(i) The person no longer lives with the sponsor; and
(ii) Leaving the sponsor caused the need for coverage.
(2) A person is exempt from the deeming process while in the same assistance unit (AU) as the sponsor.
(3) If the person, their child, or their parent was a victim of domestic violence, the person is exempt from the deeming process for twelve months if:
(a) They no longer live with the person who committed the violence; and
(b) Leaving this person caused the need for health coverage.
(4) If the person's medical assistance unit (MAU) has income at or below one hundred thirty percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), the person is exempt from the deeming process for twelve months. This is called the "indigence exemption." A person may choose to use this exemption or not to use this exemption in full knowledge of the possible risks involved. See risks in subsection (5) of this section. For this rule, the agency counts the following as income:
(a) Earned and unearned income received by any member of the MAU from any source; and
(b) The value of any noncash items of value such as free rent, commodities, goods, or services received from another person or organization.
(5) A person who chooses not to use the indigence exemption must provide verification of the sponsor's income and resources and will be subject to the deeming rules described in WAC 182-512-0795.
(6) For federally funded programs, if the person uses the indigence exemption, the agency is required by law to give the U.S. Attorney General the following information:
(a) The names of the sponsored people in the person's AU;
(b) That the person is exempt from deeming due to income;
(c) The sponsor's name; and
(d) The effective date that the twelve-month exemption began.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0790, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14.]



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SSI-related medical—Budgeting a sponsor's income.

(1) The agency counts some of the income of a person's sponsor as unearned income to the medical assistance unit (MAU) if:
(a) The sponsor signed the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Affidavit of Support form I-864 or I-864A; and
(b) The person is not exempt from the deeming process in WAC 182-512-0790.
(2) The agency determines the amount of income that must be deemed from the sponsor by taking the following steps:
(a) Add together all of the sponsor's earned and unearned income that is not excluded under WAC 182-512-0860;
(b) Add all of the spouse's earned and unearned income that is not excluded under WAC 182-512-0860;
(c) Subtract an allocation for the sponsor equal to the one-person federal benefit rate (FBR);
(d) Subtract an allocation for the sponsor's spouse as follows:
(i) If the spouse is also a cosponsor of the noncitizen, allow an allocation equal to the one-person FBR; or
(ii) If the spouse is not a cosponsor but lived in the same household as the sponsor, allow an allocation equal to one-half of the FBR.
(e) Subtract an allocation equal to one-half FBR for each dependent of the sponsor. The dependent's income is not subtracted from the sponsor's dependent's allocation; and
(f) The income remaining is deemed as unearned income to the noncitizen and is added to the noncitizen's own income.
(3) If the sponsor has sponsored other noncitizens, all of the sponsor's income is deemed to each person that they sponsored and is not divided between them.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 14-24-102, § 182-512-0795, filed 12/2/14, effective 1/2/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0795, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14.]



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SSI-related medical—General income exclusions.

The agency excludes, or does not consider, the following when determining a person's eligibility for Washington apple health (WAH) SSI-related medical programs:
(1) The first twenty dollars per month of unearned income. If there is less than twenty dollars of unearned income in a month, the remainder is excluded from earned income in that month.
(a) The twenty-dollar limit is the same, whether applying it for a couple or for a single person.
(b) The disregard does not apply to income paid totally or partially by the federal government or a nongovernmental agency on the basis of an eligible person's needs.
(c) The twenty dollars disregard is applied after all exclusions have been taken from income.
(2) Income that is not reasonably anticipated or is received infrequently or irregularly, whether for a single person or each person in a couple when it is:
(a) Earned and does not exceed a total of thirty dollars per calendar quarter; or
(b) Unearned and does not exceed a total of sixty dollars per calendar quarter;
(c) An increase in a person's burial funds that were established on or after November 1, 1982, if the increase is the result of:
(i) Interest earned on excluded burial funds; or
(ii) Appreciation in the value of an excluded burial arrangement that was left to accumulate and become part of separately identified burial funds.
(3) Essential expenses necessary for a person to receive compensation (e.g., necessary legal fees in order to get a settlement).
(4) Receipts, which are not considered income, when they are for:
(a) Replacement or repair of an exempt resource;
(b) Prepayment or repayment of medical care paid by a health insurance policy or medical service program; or
(c) Payments made under a credit life or credit disability policy.
(5) The fee a guardian or representative payee charges as reimbursement for providing services, when such services are a requirement for the person to receive payment of the income.
(6) Funds representing shared household costs.
(7) Crime victim's compensation.
(8) The value of a common transportation ticket, given as a gift, that is used for transportation and not converted to cash.
(9) Gifts that are not for food, clothing or shelter, and gifts of home produce used for personal consumption.
(10) The agency does not consider in-kind income received from someone other than a person legally responsible for the person unless it is earned. Therefore, the following in-kind payments are not counted when determining eligibility for WAH SSI-related medical programs:
(a) In-kind payments for services paid by a person's employer if:
(i) The service is not provided in the course of an employer's trade or business; or
(ii) The service is in the form of food that is on the employer's business premises and for the employer's convenience; or
(iii) The service is in the form of shelter that is on the employer's business premises, for the employer's convenience, and required to be accepted by the employee as a condition of employment.
(b) In-kind payments made to people in the following categories:
(i) Agricultural employees;
(ii) Domestic employees;
(iii) Members of the uniformed services; and
(iv) Persons who work from home to produce specific products for the employer from materials supplied by the employer.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0800, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0800, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500, and Social Security Act as amended by P.L. 108-203. WSR 06-04-046, § 388-475-0800, filed 1/26/06, effective 2/26/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-005, § 388-475-0800, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medicalChild-related income exclusions and allocations.

(1) For the purposes of Washington apple health SSI-related medical eligibility determinations under chapter 182-512 WAC, a child is defined as a person who is:
(a) Unmarried;
(b) Living in the household of the SSI-related applicant;
(c) The natural, adopted or stepchild of the SSI-related applicant or the applicant's spouse;
(d) Not receiving a needs-based cash payment such as TANF or SSI; and
(e) Either:
(i) Age seventeen or younger; or
(ii) Age twenty-one or younger and meets the SSI-related definition of a student described in subsection (6) of this section.
(2) The agency allows an allocation for the support of a child when determining the countable income of an SSI-related applicant. The allocation is calculated as follows:
(a) For apple health categorically needy (CN) health care coverage, the allocation is deducted from the countable income of a nonapplying spouse before determining the amount of the nonapplying spouse's income to be deemed to the SSI-related applicant. Allocations to children are not deducted from the income of an unmarried SSI-related applicant.
(b) For apple health medically needy (MN) medical coverage, the allocation is first deducted from the income of the nonapplying spouse as described in subsection (2)(a) of this section when the SSI-related applicant is married, and from the income of the applicant when the applicant is not married.
(3) The child's countable income, if any, is subtracted from the maximum child's allowance before determining the amount of allocation.
(4) Foster care payments received for a child who is not SSI-eligible and who is living in the household, placed there by a licensed, nonprofit or public child placement or childcare agency are excluded from income regardless of whether the client requesting or receiving SSI-related medical is the adult foster parent or the child who was placed.
(5) Adoption support payments, received by an adult for a child in the household that are designated for the child's needs, are excluded as income. Adoption support payments that are not specifically designated for the child's needs are not excluded and are considered unearned income to the adult.
(6) The agency excludes the earned income of a client age twenty-one or younger if that client is a student. In order to allow the student earned income exclusion, a student must:
(a) Attend a school, college, or university a minimum of eight hours a week; or
(b) Pursue a vocational or technical training program designed to prepare the student for gainful employment a minimum of twelve hours per week; or
(c) Attend school or be home schooled in grades seven through twelve at least twelve hours per week.
(7) Any portion of a grant, scholarship, fellowship, or gift used for tuition, fees and/or other necessary educational expenses at any educational institution is excluded from income and not counted as a resource for nine months after the month of receipt.
(8) One-third of child support payments received for a child who is an applicant for SSI-related medical is excluded from the child's income. Child support payments that are subject to the one-third deduction may be voluntary or court-ordered payments for current support or arrears.
(9) The following gifts to, or for the benefit of, a client under eighteen years old who has a life-threatening condition, from an organization described in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of that code, are excluded:
(a) In-kind gifts that are not converted to cash; and
(b) Cash gifts up to a total of two thousand dollars in a calendar year.
(10) Veteran's payments made to, or on behalf of, natural children of Vietnam veterans regardless of their age or marital status, for any disability resulting from spina bifida suffered by these children are excluded from income. Any portion of a veteran's payment that is designed as the dependent's income is countable income to the dependent and not the applicant (assuming the applicant is not the dependent).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 19-11-050, § 182-512-0820, filed 5/10/19, effective 6/10/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0820, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0820, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500. WSR 11-15-023, § 388-475-0820, filed 7/8/11, effective 8/8/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500, and Social Security Act as amended by P.L. 108-203. WSR 06-04-046, § 388-475-0820, filed 1/26/06, effective 2/26/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-005, § 388-475-0820, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Work- and agency-related income exclusions.

The agency excludes the following when determining eligibility for Washington apple health (WAH) SSI-related medical programs:
(1) Work related expenses:
(a) That enable an SSI-related person to work; or
(b) That allows a blind or disabled person to work and that are directly related to the person's impairment.
(2) First sixty-five dollars plus one-half of the remainder of earned income. This is considered a work allowance/incentive. This deduction does not apply to income already excluded.
(3) Any portion of self-employment income normally allowed as an income deduction by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
(4) Earned income of a person age twenty-one or younger if that person meets the definition of a student as defined in WAC 182-512-0820.
(5) Veteran's aid and attendance, housebound allowance, unusual/unreimbursed medical expenses (UME) paid by the VA to some disabled veterans, their spouses, widows or parents. For people receiving WAH long-term care services, see chapter 182-513 WAC.
(6) Department of veterans affairs benefits designated for the veteran's dependent as long as the SSI-related applicant is not the dependent receiving the income. If an SSI-related applicant receives a dependent allowance based on the veteran's or veteran's survivor claim, the income is countable as long as it is not paid due to unusual medical expenses (UME).
(7) Payments provided in cash or in-kind, to an ineligible or nonapplying spouse, under any government program that provides social services provided to the person, such as chore services or attendant care.
(8) SSA refunds for medicare buy-in premiums paid by the person when the state also paid the premiums.
(9) Income that causes a person to lose SSI eligibility, due solely to reduction in the SSP.
(10) Tax rebates or special payments excluded under other statutes.
(11) Any public agency refund of taxes paid on real property or on food.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0840, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0840, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500. WSR 11-15-023, § 388-475-0840, filed 7/8/11, effective 8/8/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-005, § 388-475-0840, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Income exclusions under federal statute or other state laws.

The Social Security Act and other federal statutes or state laws list income that the agency excludes when determining eligibility for Washington apple health (WAH) SSI-related medical programs. These exclusions include, but are not limited to:
(1) Income tax refunds;
(2) Federal earned income tax credit (EITC) payments for twelve months after the month of receipt;
(3) Compensation provided to volunteers in the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), formerly known as ACTION programs established by the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973. P.L. 93-113;
(4) Assistance to a person (other than wages or salaries) under the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended by section 102 (h)(1) of Pub. L. 95-478 (92 Stat. 1515, 42 U.S.C. 3020a);
(5) Federal, state and local government payments including assistance provided in cash or in-kind under any government program that provides medical or social services;
(6) Certain cash or in-kind payments a person receives from a governmental or nongovernmental medical or social service agency to pay for medical or social services;
(7) Value of food provided through a federal or nonprofit food program such as WIC, donated food program, school lunch program;
(8) Assistance based on need, including:
(a) Any federal SSI income or state supplement payment (SSP) based on financial need;
(b) Basic Food;
(c) State-funded cash assistance;
(d) CEAP;
(e) TANF; and
(f) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) general assistance.
(9) Housing assistance from a federal program such as HUD if paid under:
(a) United States Housing Act of 1937 (section 1437 et seq. of 42 U.S.C.);
(b) National Housing Act (section 1701 et seq. of 12 U.S.C.);
(c) Section 101 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 (section 1701s of 12 U.S.C., section 1451 of 42 U.S.C.);
(d) Title V of the Housing Act of 1949 (section 1471 et seq. of 42 U.S.C.);
(e) Section 202(h) of the Housing Act of 1959; or
(f) Weatherization provided to low-income homeowners by programs that consider income in the eligibility determinations.
(10) Energy assistance payments including:
(a) Those to prevent fuel cutoffs; and
(b) Those to promote energy efficiency.
(11) Income from employment and training programs as specified in WAC 182-512-0780.
(12) Foster grandparents program;
(13) Title IV-E and state foster care maintenance payments if the foster child is not included in the assistance unit;
(14) The value of any childcare provided or arranged (or any payment for such care or reimbursement for costs incurred for such care) under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, as amended by section 8(b) of P.L. 102-586 (106 Stat. 5035);
(15) Educational assistance as specified in WAC 182-512-0760;
(16) The excluded income described in WAC 182-512-0770 and other income received by American Indians/Alaska Natives that is excluded by federal law;
(17) Payments from Susan Walker v. Bayer Corporation, et al., 96-c-5024 (N.D. Ill) (May 8, 1997) settlement funds;
(18) Payments from Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998, P.L. 105-369;
(19) Disaster assistance paid under Federal Disaster Relief P.L. 100-387 and Emergency Assistance Act, P.L. 93-288 amended by P.L. 100-707 and for farmers P.L. 100-387;
(20) Payments to certain survivors of the Holocaust as victims of Nazi persecution; payments excluded pursuant to section 1(a) of the Victims of Nazi Persecution Act of 1994, P.L. 103-286 (108 Stat. 1450);
(21) Payments made under section 500 through 506 of the Austrian General Social Insurance Act;
(22) Payments made under the Netherlands' Act on Benefits for Victims of Persecution (WUV);
(23) Restitution payments and interest earned to Japanese Americans or their survivors, and Aleuts interned during World War II, established by P.L. 100-383;
(24) Payments made from the Agent Orange Settlement Funds or any other funds to settle Agent Orange liability claims established by P.L. 101-201;
(25) Payments made under section six of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act established by P.L. 101-426; and
(26) Any interest or dividend is excluded as income, except for the community spouse of an institutionalized person.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0860, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0860, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, chapter 74.12 RCW, and The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. WSR 11-21-025, § 388-475-0860, filed 10/11/11, effective 10/29/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500, and Social Security Act as amended by P.L. 108-203. WSR 06-04-046, § 388-475-0860, filed 1/26/06, effective 2/26/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-005, § 388-475-0860, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Special income disregards.

Portions of a person's income the agency otherwise counts are disregarded when determining eligibility for Washington apple health (WAH) SSI-related medical programs.
(1) The agency disregards cost of living adjustments (COLAs) to Social Security benefits and provides categorically needy (CN) SSI-related medicaid benefits under the Pickle Amendment criteria of 42 C.F.R. 435.135(1)(a) to a person who:
(a) Is currently receiving Title II Social Security benefits;
(b) Was eligible for and received SSI or State Supplement payments (SSP) but became ineligible for those payments after April, 1977; and
(c) Would still be eligible for SSI or SSP payments if the amount of Social Security COLA increases paid under section 215(i) of the Social Security Act were deducted from his or her current Title II Social Security benefits.
(d) To satisfy this provision, a person must have been eligible for and received SSI or SSP payments and in the same month was entitled to, but did not necessarily receive, a Title II Social Security benefit for at least one month since April 1977. This includes a person who receives a Title II Social Security benefit payment the month after the last SSI or SSP payment is made due to the fact that Social Security is paid the month after entitlement begins.
(e) For purposes of this section, the agency also disregards COLAs received by a person, his or her financially responsible spouse, and other financially responsible family members, such as a parent.
(2) In determining SSI-related CN-WAH coverage, the agency disregards:
(a) Widow(er)'s benefits for a person who:
(i) Was entitled to SSA title II (widow/widower's) benefits in December 1983;
(ii) Was at least fifty years old, but not yet sixty at that time;
(iii) Received title II benefits and SSI in January 1984;
(iv) Would continue to be eligible for SSI/SSP payments if the title II benefits were disregarded; and
(v) Filed an application for medicaid with the state by July 1, 1988.
(b) Widow, Widower or Surviving Divorced Spouse (title II) benefits for a person who:
(i) Received SSI/SSP benefits the month prior to receipt of title II benefits;
(ii) Would continue to be eligible for SSI/SSP benefits if the title II benefits or the COLA(s) to those benefits were disregarded; and
(iii) Is not eligible for medicare Part A. This person is considered an SSI recipient until becoming entitled to medicare Part A.
(3) A disabled adult child (DAC) who is ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to receipt of either Social Security benefits as a disabled adult child of a person with a Social Security account or due to receipt of a COLA to the DAC benefits, may be income eligible for WAH categorically needy (CN) health care coverage if disregarding the SSA DAC benefits and COLA brings countable income below the CN standards, and the person:
(a) Is eighteen years of age or older;
(b) Remains related to the SSI program through disability or blindness;
(c) Lost SSI eligibility on or after July 1, 1988, due solely to the receipt of DAC benefits from SSA or a COLA to those benefits; and
(d) Meets the other WAH SSI-related CN medical requirements.
(4) A person is eligible for WAH CN coverage if:
(a) In August 1972, the person received:
(i) Old age assistance (OAA);
(ii) Aid to blind (AB);
(iii) Aid to families with dependent children (AFDC); or
(iv) Aid to the permanently and totally disabled (APTD).
(b) The person was entitled to or received retirement, survivors, and disability insurance (RSDI) benefits; or
(c) The person was ineligible for OAA, AB, AFDC, SSI, or APTD solely because of the twenty percent increase in Social Security benefits under P.L. 92-336.
(5) Persons who stop receiving an SSI cash payment due to earnings, but still meet all of the other SSI eligibility rules and have income below the higher limit established by the Social Security Act's Section 1619(b) are eligible for continued WAH CN medicaid.
(6) TANF income methodology is used to determine countable income for children and pregnant women applying for WAH medically needy (MN) coverage unless the SSI methodology would be more beneficial to the person. When using the TANF income methodologies, deduct:
(a) A fifty percent earned income disregard described in WAC 388-450-0170;
(b) Actual child care and dependent care expenses related to employment; and
(c) Child support actually paid.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0880, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0880, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-005, § 388-475-0880, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Deeming and allocation of income.

The agency considers income of financially responsible persons to determine if a portion of that income must be regarded as available to other household members.
(1) Deeming is the process of determining how much of another person's income is counted when determining Washington apple health (WAH) eligibility of an SSI-related applicant. When income is deemed to the SSI-related applicant from other household members, that income is considered the applicant's income. Income is deemed only:
(a) From a nonapplying spouse who lives with the SSI-related applicant; or
(b) From a parent(s) residing with an SSI-related applicant child.
(2) An allocation is an amount deducted from income counted in the eligibility determination and considered to be set aside for the support of a person other than the SSI-related applicant. When income is allocated to other household members from the SSI-related applicant(s) or from the applicant's spouse, that income is not counted as income of the SSI-related applicant.
(3) An SSI-related person applying for WAH categorically needy (CN) health care coverage must have countable income at or below the SSI categorically needy income level (CNIL) described in WAC 182-512-0010 unless the person is working and meets all requirements for the health care for workers with disabilities (HWD) program described in WAC 182-511-1000 through 182-511-1250.
(4) For WAH institutional or home and community based waiver programs, use rules described in WAC 182-513-1315.
(5) The agency follows rules described in WAC 182-512-0600 through 182-512-0880 to determine the countable income of an SSI-related applicant or SSI-related couple.
(6) If countable income of the applicant exceeds the one-person SSI CNIL prior to considering the income of a nonapplying spouse or children, the applicant is not eligible for WAH CN health care coverage and the agency determines eligibility for the WAH medically needy (MN) program. If the countable income does not exceed the SSI CNIL, see WAC 182-512-0920 to determine if income is to be deemed to the applicant from the nonapplying spouse.
(7) If countable income (after allowable deductions) of an SSI-related couple both applying for medical coverage exceeds the two-person SSI CNIL, the couple is not eligible for WAH CN health care coverage and the agency determines eligibility for the WAH medically needy (MN) program.
(8) For WAH CN health care coverage, allocations to children are deducted from the nonapplying spouse's unearned income, then from their earned income before income is deemed to the SSI-related applicant. See WAC 182-512-0820.
(9) For MN medical coverage, allocations to children are deducted from the income of the SSI-related applicant or SSI-related applicant couple. See subsection (10) of this section to determine the amount of the allocation.
(10) An SSI-related person or couple applying for WAH MN health care coverage is allowed an allocation to a nonapplying spouse, their SSI recipient spouse or their dependent child(ren) to reduce countable income before comparing income to the effective medically needy income level (MNIL) described in WAC 182-519-0050. The agency allocates income:
(a) Up to the effective one-person MNIL to a nonapplying spouse or SSI recipient spouse minus the spouse's countable income; and
(b) Up to one-half of the federal benefit rate (FBR) to each dependent minus each dependent's countable income. See WAC 182-512-0820 for child exclusions.
(11) A portion of a nonapplying spouse's income may be deemed to the SSI-related applicant:
(a) See WAC 182-512-0920(5) to determine how much income is deemed from a nonapplying spouse to the SSI-related applicant when determining WAH CN eligibility; and
(b) See WAC 182-512-0920(10) to determine how much income is deemed from a nonapplying spouse to the SSI-related applicant when determining WAH MN eligibility.
(12) A portion of the income of an ineligible parent or parents is allocated to the needs of an SSI-related applicant child. See WAC 182-512-0940 (4) through (7) to determine how much income is allocated from ineligible parent(s).
(13) When income must be deemed from the sponsor or sponsors of a noncitizen applicant or recipient, see WAC 182-512-0795 to determine the amount that must be counted as income of the noncitizen applicant or recipient.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0900, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021. WSR 12-20-001, § 182-512-0900, filed 9/19/12, effective 10/20/12. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0900, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500. WSR 11-15-023, § 388-475-0900, filed 7/8/11, effective 8/8/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 04-09-005, § 388-475-0900, filed 4/7/04, effective 6/1/04.]



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SSI-related medical—Deeming/allocation of income from nonapplying spouse.

The agency considers the income of financially responsible persons to determine if a portion of that income is available to other household members.
(1) A portion of the income of a nonapplying spouse is considered available to meet the needs of a Washington apple health SSI-related applicant. A nonapplying spouse is defined as someone who is:
(a) Financially responsible for the SSI-related applicant as described in WAC 182-506-0015 and 182-512-0960. For apple health institutional and home and community based waiver programs, see WAC 182-513-1315;
(b) Living in the same household with the SSI-related applicant;
(c) Not receiving a needs based payment such as temporary assistance to needy families (TANF) or state-funded cash assistance (SFA); or
(d) Not related to SSI, or is not applying for apple health coverage including spouses receiving SSI.
(2) An ineligible spouse is the spouse of an SSI cash recipient and is either not eligible for SSI for themselves or who has elected to not receive SSI cash so that their spouse may be eligible. An SSI-related applicant who is the ineligible spouse of an SSI cash recipient is not eligible for apple health categorically needy (CN) health care coverage and must be considered for health care coverage under the apple health medically needy (MN) program or for a modified adjusted gross income-based program if the person does not receive medicare.
(3) When determining whether a nonapplying spouse's income is countable, the agency:
(a) Follows the income rules described in WAC 182-512-0600 through 182-512-0780;
(b) Excludes income described in WAC 182-512-0800 (2) through (10), and all income excluded under federal statute or state law as described in WAC 182-512-0860;
(c) Excludes work-related expenses described in WAC 182-512-0840, with the exception that the sixty-five dollars plus one half earned income deduction described in WAC 182-512-0840(2) does not apply;
(d) Deducts any court ordered child support which the nonapplying spouse pays for a child outside of the home (current support or arrears); and
(e) Deducts any applicable child-related income exclusions described in WAC 182-512-0820.
(4) The agency allocates income of the nonapplying spouse to nonapplying children who reside in the home as described in WAC 182-512-0820. Allocations to children are deducted first from the nonapplying spouse's unearned income, then from their earned income.
(a) For apple health CN medical determinations, allocations to children are not allowed out of the income of the SSI-related applicant, only from the income of the nonapplying spouse.
(b) For apple health MN medical determinations, allocations to children are allowed from the income of the SSI-related applicant if the applicant is unmarried.
(5) For apple health SSI-related CN medical determinations, a portion of the countable income of a nonapplying spouse remaining after the deductions and allocations described in subsections (3) and (4) of this section may be deemed to the SSI-related applicant. If the nonapplying spouse's countable income is:
(a) Less than or equal to one-half of the federal benefit rate (FBR), no income is deemed to the applicant. Compare the applicant's countable income to the one-person SSI categorically needy income level (CNIL) described in WAC 182-512-0010. For health care for workers with disabilities (HWD) applicants, compare to the one-person HWD standard described in WAC 182-505-0100 (1)(c).
(b) Greater than one-half of the FBR, then the entire nonapplying spouse's countable income is deemed to the applicant. Compare the applicant's income to the two-person SSI CNIL. For HWD applicants, compare to the two-person HWD standard described in WAC 182-505-0100 (1)(c).
(6) When income is not deemed to the SSI-related applicant from the nonapplying spouse per subsection (5)(a) of this section:
(a) Allow all allowable income deductions and exclusions as described in chapter 182-512 WAC to the SSI-related applicant's income; and
(b) Compare the net remaining income to the one-person SSI CNIL or the one-person HWD standard.
(7) When income is deemed to the SSI-related applicant from the nonapplying spouse per subsection (5)(b) of this section:
(a) Combine the applicant's unearned income with any unearned income deemed from the nonapplying spouse and allow one twenty dollar general income exclusion to the combined amount. If there is less than twenty dollars of unearned income, the remainder of the twenty dollar general income exclusion is deducted from earned income.
(b) Combine the applicant's earned income with any earned income deemed from the nonapplying spouse and allow the sixty-five dollar plus one half of the remainder earned income deduction (described in WAC 182-512-0840(2)) to the combined amount.
(c) Add together the net unearned and net earned income amounts and compare the total to the two-person SSI CNIL described in WAC 182-512-0010 or the two-person HWD standard described in WAC 182-505-0100 (1)(c). If the income is equal to or below the applicable two-person standard, the applicant is eligible for apple health CN health care coverage.
(8) An SSI-related applicant under the age of sixty-five who is working, whose level of work activity and earnings is determined not to be "substantial gainful activity" in accordance with all applicable Social Security disability determination rules and standards, but who is not eligible for apple health CN coverage under the regular apple health SSI-related program, may be considered for eligibility under the HWD program. For HWD program rules, see chapter 182-511 WAC.
(9) If the SSI-related applicant's countable income is above the applicable SSI CNIL standard, the agency or its authorized representative considers eligibility under the apple health MN program or under the HWD program if the person is under the age of sixty-five and working. An SSI-related applicant who meets the following criteria is not eligible for apple health MN coverage and eligibility must be determined under HWD or under a MAGI-based apple health program:
(a) The applicant is blind or disabled and under the age of sixty-five;
(b) The applicant's level of work activity and earnings is determined to be "substantial gainful activity" in accordance with all applicable Social Security disability determination rules and standards; and
(c) The applicant is not receiving a title II Social Security cash benefit based on blindness or disability.
(10) For SSI-related apple health MN medical determinations, a portion of the countable income of a nonapplying spouse remaining after the deductions and allocations described in subsections (3) and (4) of this section may be deemed to the SSI-related applicant. If the nonapplying spouse's countable income is:
(a) Less than or equal to the effective one-person MNIL described in WAC 182-519-0050, no income is deemed to the applicant and a portion of the applicant's countable income is allocated to the nonapplying spouse's income to raise it to the effective MNIL standard.
(b) Greater than the effective MNIL, then the amount in excess of the effective one-person MNIL is deemed to the applicant. Compare the applicant's income to the effective one-person MNIL.
(11) When income is not deemed to the SSI-related applicant from the nonapplying spouse per subsection (10)(a) of this section:
(a) Allocate income from the applicant to bring the income of the nonapplying spouse up to the effective one-person MNIL standard;
(b) Allow all allowable income deductions and exclusions as described in chapter 182-512 WAC to the SSI-related applicant's remaining income;
(c) Allow a deduction for medical insurance premium expenses (if applicable); and
(d) Compare the net countable income to the effective one-person MNIL.
(12) When income is deemed to the SSI-related applicant from the nonapplying spouse per subsection (10)(b) of this section:
(a) Combine the applicant's unearned income with any unearned income deemed from the nonapplying spouse and allow one twenty dollar general income exclusion to the combined amount (if there is less than twenty dollars of unearned income, the remainder of the twenty dollar general income exclusion is deducted from earned income);
(b) Combine the applicant's earned income with any earned income deemed from the nonapplying spouse and allow the sixty-five dollar plus one half of the remainder earned income deduction (described in WAC 182-512-0840(2)) to the combined amount;
(c) Add together the net unearned and net earned income amounts;
(d) Allow a deduction for medical insurance premium expenses (if applicable) per WAC 182-519-0100(5); and
(e) Compare the net countable income to the effective one-person MNIL described in WAC 182-519-0050. If the income is:
(i) Equal to or below the effective one-person MNIL, the applicant is eligible for apple health MN health care coverage with no spenddown.
(ii) Greater than the effective MNIL, the applicant is only eligible for apple health MN health care coverage after meeting a spenddown liability as described in WAC 182-519-0110.
(13) The ineligible spouse of an SSI-cash recipient applying for apple health MN coverage is eligible to receive the deductions and allocations described in subsection (10)(a) of this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 17-15-014, § 182-512-0920, filed 7/6/17, effective 8/6/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0920, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021. WSR 12-20-001, § 182-512-0920, filed 9/19/12, effective 10/20/12. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0920, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500. WSR 11-15-023, § 388-475-0920, filed 7/8/11, effective 8/8/11.]



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SSI-related medical—Deeming income from an ineligible parent(s) to a child applying for SSI-related medical.

The agency considers income of financially responsible persons to determine if a portion of that income must be regarded as available to other household members.
(1) A portion of the income of a parent(s) is considered available to the SSI-related applicant child when the child is age seventeen or younger and the parent(s) is:
(a) Financially responsible for the SSI-related child as described in WAC 182-506-0015;
(b) The natural, adoptive, or step-parent of the child;
(c) Living in the same household with the child;
(d) Not receiving a needs-based payment such as TANF, SFA or SSI; and
(e) Not related to SSI or not applying for medical assistance.
(2) If an SSI-related applicant between the ages of eighteen to twenty-one lives with their parents, only consider the parent's income available to the applicant if it is actually contributed to the applicant. If income is not contributed, count only the applicant's own separate income.
(3) Income that is deemed to the child is considered as that child's income.
(4) When determining whether a parent's income is countable, the agency:
(a) Follows the income rules described in WAC 182-512-0600 through 182-512-0780; and
(b) Excludes income described in WAC 182-512-0800 and 182-512-0840, and all income excluded under a federal statute or state law as described in WAC 182-512-0860.
(5) When determining the amount of income to be deemed from a parent(s) to an SSI-related minor child for Washington apple health (WAH) categorically needy (CN) and medically needy (MN) coverage, the agency reduces the parent(s) countable income in the following order:
(a) Court ordered child support paid out for a child not in the home;
(b) An amount equal to one half of the federal benefit rate (FBR) for each SSI-eligible sibling living in the household, minus any countable income of that child. See WAC 182-512-0010 for FBR amount;
(c) A twenty dollar general income exclusion;
(d) A deduction equal to sixty-five dollars plus one-half of the remainder from any remaining earned income of the parent(s);
(e) An amount equal to the one-person SSI CNIL for a single parent or the two-person SSI CNIL for a two parent household;
(f) Any income remaining after these deductions is considered countable income to the SSI-related child and is added to the child's own income. If there is more than one child applying for SSI-related health care coverage, the deemed parental income is divided equally between the applicant children; and
(g) The deductions described in this section are deducted first from unearned income then from earned income unless they are specific to earned income.
(6) The SSI-related applicant child is also allowed all applicable income exclusions and disregards described in chapter 182-512 WAC from their own income. After determining the child's nonexcluded income, the agency:
(a) Allows the twenty dollar general income exclusion from any unearned income;
(b) Deducts sixty-five dollars plus one half of the remainder from any earned income which has not already been excluded under the student earned income exclusion (see WAC 182-512-0820); and
(c) Adds the child's countable income to the amount deemed from their parent(s). If the combination of the child's countable income plus deemed parental income is equal to or less than the SSI CNIL, the child is eligible for SSI-related WAH CN health care coverage.
(7) If the combination of the child's countable income plus deemed parental income is greater than the SSI CNIL, the agency considers the child for SSI-related WAH medically needy (MN) coverage. Any amount exceeding the effective medically needy income level (MNIL) is used to calculate the amount of the child's spenddown liability as described in WAC 182-519-0110. See WAC 182-519-0050 for the current MNIL standards.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0940, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021. WSR 12-20-001, § 182-512-0940, filed 9/19/12, effective 10/20/12. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0940, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500. WSR 11-15-023, § 388-475-0940, filed 7/8/11, effective 8/8/11.]



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SSI-related medicalAllocating incomeDetermining eligibility for a spouse when the other spouse receives long-term services and supports.

(1) General information.
(a) This section describes how the agency determines household income and resources when the household contains both institutional and noninstitutional household members.
(b) A separate medical assistance unit is established for people who meet institutional status under WAC 182-513-1320. See WAC 182-506-0015 for rules on how to determine medical assistance units for households that include people related to the supplemental security income (SSI) program.
(c) Throughout this section, "home" means "own home" as defined in WAC 388-106-0010.
(d) The income and resources of each spouse are available to the other through the end of the month in which the spouses stopped living together, unless subsection (3) of this section applies.
(e) The agency determines income and resources separately starting the first day of the month following the month of separation if spouses stop living together in the same home.
(f) When one, or both members of a couple live in an alternative living facility (ALF), the agency considers the couple to be living:
(i) Apart when:
(A) Only one spouse enters the ALF;
(B) Both spouses enter the same ALF but have separate rooms; or
(C) Both spouses enter separate ALFs.
(ii) Together when both spouses share a room in an ALF.
(2) The agency counts income and resources under this chapter when both members of a couple live in the same house and the community spouse or spousal impoverishment protections community (SIPC) spouse applies for coverage and his or her spouse receives:
(a) Home and community-based (HCB) waiver;
(b) Program for all inclusive care to the elderly (PACE);
(c) Roads to community living (RCL);
(d) Hospice; or
(e) Community first choice (CFC).
(3) When one member of a couple lives apart from their spouse and the community spouse or SIPC spouse applies for coverage, and the spouse who receives long-term services and supports lives:
(a) In an institution:
(i) The agency counts income under this chapter, plus any allocation the institutionalized spouse has made available to the community spouse; and
(ii) The agency counts resources under this chapter, plus any resources allocated to the community spouse when eligibility for the institutionalized spouse was determined, that remain in the name of the institutionalized spouse and are available to the community spouse under WAC 182-512-0250.
(b) In an ALF and receives HCB waiver, PACE, RCL, or hospice:
(i) The agency counts income under this chapter, plus any allocation the institutionalized spouse has made available to the community spouse; and
(ii) The agency counts resources under this chapter, plus any resources allocated to the community spouse when eligibility for the institutionalized spouse was determined, that remain in the name of the institutionalized spouse, and are available to the community spouse under WAC 182-512-0250; and
(c) In an ALF and receives CFC:
(i) The agency counts income under this chapter; and
(ii) The agency counts resources under this chapter, plus any resources allocated to the SIPC spouse when eligibility for the spousal impoverishment protections institutionalized (SIPI) spouse was determined, that remain in the name of the SIPI spouse and are available to the community spouse under WAC 182-512-0250.
(4) Determining household income when the spouse of an HCB waiver recipient is not eligible for categorically needy (CN) coverage.
(a) When the community spouse is not eligible for categorically needy (CN) coverage under subsection (2) of this section, the agency determines eligibility under the medically needy program;
(b) The agency counts income and resources as described under subsection (2) of this section;
(c) The agency allocates income to the institutionalized spouse before comparing the community spouse's income to the medically needy income level (MNIL) if:
(i) The community spouse lives in the same household as the institutionalized spouse;
(ii) The institutionalized spouse is receiving home and community-based waiver services under WAC 182-515-1505 or institutional hospice services under WAC 182-513-1240; and
(iii) The institutionalized spouse has gross income under the MNIL.
(d) The allocation in (c) of this subsection cannot exceed the one-person effective MNIL minus the institutionalized spouse's income.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, P.L. 111-148, 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, and 457, and 45 C.F.R § 155. WSR 17-03-116, § 182-512-0960, filed 1/17/17, effective 2/17/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), 42 C.F.R. §§ 431, 435, 457 and 45 C.F.R. § 155. WSR 14-07-059, § 182-512-0960, filed 3/14/14, effective 4/14/14. WSR 11-24-018, recodified as § 182-512-0960, filed 11/29/11, effective 12/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.500. WSR 11-15-023, § 388-475-0960, filed 7/8/11, effective 8/8/11.]