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Program Summary - ABD Cash

Revised January 28, 2014

WAC 388-400-0060Who is eligible for aged, blind, or disabled (ABD) cash assistance?

WAC 388-400-0060

WAC 388-400-0060

Effective June 1, 2012

WAC 388-400-0060 Who is eligible for aged, blind, or disabled (ABD) cash assistance?

  1. Effective November 1, 2011, you are eligible for Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) cash benefits if you:
    1. Are:
      1. At least sixty-five years old;
      2. Blind as defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA); or
      3. Likely to be disabled as defined in WAC 388-449-0001 through 388-449-0100; and
    2. Are at least eighteen years old or, if under eighteen, a member of a married couple;
    3. Are in financial need according to ABD cash income and resource rules in chapters 388-450, 388-470 and 388-488 WAC. We determine who is in your assistance unit according to WAC 388-408-0060;
    4. Have countable income, as defined in WAC 388-450-0162, at or below the monthly income limits defined in WAC 388-478-0090.
    5. Meet the citizenship/alien status requirements under WAC 388-424-0015;
    6. Provide a Social Security number as required under WAC 388-476-0005;
    7. Reside in the state of Washington as required under WAC 388-468-0005;
    8. Sign an interim assistance reimbursement authorization agreeing to repay the monetary value of general assistance, disability lifeline, or aged blind and disabled benefits subsequently duplicated by Supplemental Security Income benefits as described under WAC 388-449-0200, 388-449-0210 and 388-474-0020;
    9. Report changes of circumstances as required under WAC 388-418-0005; and
    10. Complete a mid-certification review and provide proof of any changes as required under WAC 388-418-0011.
  2. You aren't eligible for aged, blind, or disabled cash benefits if you:
    1. Are eligible for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) benefits;
    2. Are eligible for state family assistance (SFA) benefits;
    3. Refuse or fail to meet a TANF or SFA eligibility rule;
    4. Refuse or fail to pursue federal aid assistance, including but not limited to medicaid, without good cause.
    5. Refuse or fail to participate in drug or alcohol treatment as required in WAC 388-449-0220 without good cause;
    6. Refuse or fail to follow through with the SSI application as required in WAC 388-449-0200 without good cause;
    7. Refuse or fail to participate in vocational rehabilitation services as required in WAC 388-449-0225 without good cause;
    8. Are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits;
    9. Are an ineligible spouse of an SSI recipient; or
    10. Failed to follow a Social Security Administration (SSA) program rule or application requirement and SSA denied or terminated your benefits.
  3. If you reside in a public institution and meet all other requirements, your eligibility for ABD cash depends on the type of institution. A "public institution" is an institution that is supported by public funds, and a governmental unit either is responsible for it or exercises administrative control over it.
    1. You may be eligible for ABD cash if you are:
      1. A patient in a public medical institution; or
      2. A patient in a public mental institution and:
        1. Sixty-five years of age or older; or
        2. Twenty years of age or younger.
  4. You aren't eligible for ABD cash when you are in the custody of or confined in a public institution such as a state penitentiary or county jail including placement:
    1. In a work release program; or
    2. Outside of the institution including home detention.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.

Clarifying Information

  1. Persons who are participating in the Department of Corrections Family Offender Sentencing Alternative (FOSA) or Community Parenting Alternative (CPA) program may be eligible for ABD cash benefits. Refer to the Sentencing Alternatives – Offenders with Minor Children SSB 6639 desk aid for additional information.
  2. Persons who are currently ineligible for TANF due to the non-compliance sanction in WAC 388-310-1600 are not eligible for ABD cash per WAC 388-400-0060.
  3. Persons who are currently ineligible for TANF due to the 60-month time limit are eligible for ABD cash if they are financially eligible and meet the disability requirements outlined in WAC 388-400-0060
  4. Former TANF recipients who are determined to be disabled may be eligible for a TANF Time Limit Extension.
  5. If a person is eligible for a TANF time limit extension, they are not eligible for ABD cash.
  6. Members of a married couple and legally emancipated persons under age 18 meet the minimum age requirement for ABD cash assistance under WAC 388-400-0060 (1)(b).


Modification Date: January 28, 2014