WAC 182-512-0960

Effective October 1, 2013

WAC 182-512-0960 SSI-related medical -- Allocating income -- How the agency considers income and resources when determining eligibility for a person applying for noninstitutional medicaid when another household member is receiving institutional medicaid.

(1) The agency follows rules described in WAC 182-513-1315 for a person residing in a medical institution, approved for a home and community based waiver, or approved for the Washington apple health (WAH) institutional hospice program. The rules in this section describe how the agency considers household income and resources when the household contains both institutional and noninstitutionalized household members.

(2) An institutionalized person (adult or child) who is not SSI-related may be considered under the long-term care for families and children programs described in WAC 182-514-0230 through 182-514-0265.

(3) The agency considers the income and resources of spouses as available to each other through the end of the month in which the spouses stopped living together. See WAC 182-513-1330 and 182-513-1350 when a spouse is institutionalized.

(4) The agency considers income and resources separately as of the first day of the month following the month of separation when spouses stop living together because of placement into a boarding home (assisted living, enhanced adult residential center, adult residential center), adult family home (AFH), adult residential rehabilitation center/adult residential treatment facility (ARRC/ARTF), or division of developmental disabilities-group home (DDD-GH) facility when:

(a) Only one spouse enters the facility;

(b) Both spouses enter the same facility but have separate rooms; or

(c) Both spouses enter separate facilities.

(5) The agency considers income and resources jointly when both spouses are placed in a boarding home, AFH, ARRC/ARTF, or DDD-GH facility and share a room.

(6) When determining SSI-related WAH categorically needy (CN) or medically needy (MN) eligibility for a community spouse applying for health care coverage, the agency counts:

(a) The separate income of the community spouse; plus

(b) One half of any community income received by the community spouse and the institutionalized spouse; plus

(c) Any amount allocated to the community spouse from the institutionalized spouse. The terms "community spouse" and "institutional spouse" are defined in WAC 182-513-1301.

(7) For the purposes of determining the countable income of a community spouse applying for health care coverage as described in subsection (6) of this section, it does not matter whether the spouses reside together or not. Income that is allocated and actually available to a community spouse is considered that person's income.

(8) For the purposes of determining the countable income of a community spouse or children applying for health care coverage under modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)-based family, pregnancy or children's WAH programs, the agency uses the following rules to determine if the income of the institutionalized person is considered in the eligibility calculation:

(a) When the institutionalized spouse or parent lives in the same home with the community spouse and/or children, their income is counted in the determination of household income following the rules for the medical program that is being considered.

(b) When the institutionalized spouse or parent does not live in the same home as the spouse and/or children, only income that is allocated and available to the household is counted.

(9) When determining the countable income of a community spouse applying for health care coverage under the WAH MN program, the agency allocates income from the community spouse to the institutionalized spouse in an amount up to the one-person effective medically needy income level (MNIL) less the institutionalized spouse's income, when:

(a) The community spouse is living in the same household as the institutionalized spouse;

(b) The institutionalized spouse is receiving home and community based waiver or institutional hospice services described in WAC 182-515-1505; and

(c) The institutionalized spouse has gross income of less than the MNIL.

(10) See WAC 182-506-0015 for rules on how to determine medical assistance units for households that include SSI-related persons. A separate medical assistance unit is always established for persons who meet institutional status described in WAC 182-513-1320.

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