WAC 182-512-0880

Effective October 1, 2013

WAC 182-512-0880 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 SSI-related medical programs.

(1) The agency disregards cost of living adjustments 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 cost-of-living adjustment 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 cost of living adjustments 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 ((client)) 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.

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.