SSI Facilitation - SSA Interim Assistance Reimbursement Agreement (IARA)
DSHS Home Page
 
Search     for:


SSI Facilitation - SSA Interim Assistance Reimbursement Agreement (IARA)


Revised October 31, 2011



WAC 388-449-0200Am I eligible for cash assistance for Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) while waiting for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
WAC 388-449-0210What is interim assistance and how do I assign it to the department?

WAC 388-449-0200

WAC 388-449-0200

Effective June 1, 2012

WAC 388-449-0200 Am I eligible for cash assistance for Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) while waiting for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

1.    You may receive ABD benefits while you are waiting to receive Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits only when you:

a.    Have filed your SSI application with the Social Security Administration (SSA), follow through with SSA directions and requirements to process your application including keeping all interview and consultative examination appointments, and do not withdraw your application;

b.    Agree to assign the initial or reinstated SSI payment to us provided under WAC 388-449-0210;

c.    Are otherwise eligible according to WAC 388-400-0060; and

d.    Meet disability criteria listed in WAC 388-449-0001.

2.    To demonstrate your impairments are disabling despite medical treatment, you must participate in medical treatment for the impairments that keep you from working, unless you meet one of the following good cause reasons:

a.    The treatment provider has identified a risk that the treatment may cause further limitations or loss of a function or an organ and you are not willing to take that risk;

b.    The treatment is not available because you can't obtain it without cost to you;

c.      You are so fearful of the treatment that your fear could interfere with the treatment or reduce its benefits; or

c.     You practice an organized religion that prohibits the treatment.

 

3.      If you refuse or fail to participate in medical treatment without good cause, your benefits will end until you reapply and provide proof you are pursuing treatment as recommended.

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.

WAC 388-449-0210
WAC 388-449-0210

Effective June 1, 2012

WAC 388-449-0210 What is interim assistance and how do I assign it to the department?

The ABD and SSI programs both provide cash assistance to meet your basic needs. You cannot receive this assistance for the same time period from both programs. When you are approved for or reinstated on SSI, you may receive a back payment. When we made GA, DL, or ABD payments to you or on your behalf for the same time period, you must assign your interim assistance to repay us.

1.    "Assign" means that you sign a written authorization for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to send the SSI retroactive payment to us.

2.     "Interim assistance" means the monetary value of benefits we paid to you or on your behalf during:

a.    The time between your SSI application date and the month recurring SSI payments begin; or

b.    The period your SSI payments were suspended or terminated, and later reinstated.

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 receiving ABD cash are required to sign a DSHS 18-235, SSI Interim Assistance Reimbursement Authorization (IARA) agreeing to repay interim assistance.
  2. The State of Washington and the Social Security Administration have a written agreement that the IARA is also a notice of intent to file a SSI application.
  3. The IARA signed date is the protective filing date when:
    1. The IARA is filed with the SSA District Office within 30 days of the signed date.
    2. A SSI application is filed with SSA within 60 calendar days of the signed date.

WORKER RESPONSIBILITIES

1.    DSHS staff must perform the following actions:

a.    Ensure that a valid IARA has been obtained from persons receiving ABD cash.

b.    Sign and date the IARA representing DSHS.

c.    Ensure the original IARA is received by SSA within 30 calendar days from the date that the SSIF signs it.

2.    For IARAs signed in the CSO:

a.    Discuss the IARA with the person so that the person understands how it works.

b.    Send the original IARA to SSA and makes two copies. Give a copy to the person and send a copy to DMS.

3.    For IARAs received in the mail:

a.    The HUI will sign the IARA and fax the original to the appropriate SSA office with a cover letter.

b.    The IARA received date will be automatically filled in ICMS with the date the HIU prints the IARA cover letter.

c.    HUI staff will image the IARA and assign it to the SSIF or ISW of record.

d.    Unsigned or unusable IARAs will be imaged with a cover letter indicating the IARA was not sent to SSA and that a new IARA will need to be obtained.

4.    Once filed with SSA the IARA is effective for interim assistance repayment for:

a.    12 months from the signed date.

b.    As long as the SSI application is active.


Search IESA Clarification Database

Modification Date: October 31, 2011