WAC 388-513-1305

Effective November 22, 2012

WAC 388-513-1305 Determining eligibility for non-institutional medical assistance in an alternate living facility (ALF)

   

This section describes how the department defines the monthly income standard and uses it to determine eligibility for non-institutional medical assistance for a client who lives in a department-contracted ALF. Refer to WAC 388-478-0045 for the personal needs allowance (PNA) amount that applies in this rule.

  1. The eligibility criteria for noninstitutional medical assistance in an ALF follows SSI-related medical rule described in WAC182-512-0050 through WAC 182-512-0960 with the exception of the higher medical standard based on the daily rate described in subsection (3).
  2. Alternate living facilities (ALF) include the following:
    1. An adult family home (AFH), a licensed family home that provides its residents with personal care and board and room for two to six adults unrelated to the person (s) provider the care. Licensed as an adult family home under chapter 70.128 RCW and chapter 388-76 WAC;
    2. An adult residential care facility (ARC) (formally known as a CCF) is a licensed facility that provides its residents with shelter, food household maintenance, personal care and supervision. Licensed as a boarding home under chapter 18.20 RCW and chapter 388-78A WAC;
    3. An adult residential rehabilitation center (ARRC) described in WAC 388-865-0235 or adult residential treatment facility (ARTF) described in WAC 388-865-0465. These are licensed facilities that provide its residents with twenty-four hour residential care for impairments related to mental illness;
    4. Assisted living facility (AL), a licensed facility for aged and disabled low-income persons with functional disabilities. COPES eligible clients are often placed in assisted living. Licensed as a boarding home under chapter 18.20 RCW and chapter 388-78A WAC;
    5. Division of developmentally disabilities (DDD) group home (GH), a licensed facility that provides its residents with twenty-four hour supervision. Depending on the size of a DDD group home may be licensed as an adult family home under chapter 70.128 RCW or a boarding home under chapter 18.20 RCW. Group home means a residence that is licensed as either a boarding home or an adult family home by the department under chapters 388-78A or 388-76 WAC. Group homes provide community residential instruction, supports and services to two or more clients who are unrelated to the provider; and
    6. Enhanced adult residential care facility (EARC), a licensed facility that provides its residents with those services provided in an ARC, in addition to those required because of the client's special needs. Licensed as a boarding home under chapter 18.20 RCW.
  3. The monthly income standard for non-institutional medical assistance under the categorically needy (CN) program has two steps:
    1. The gross nonexcluded monthly income cannot exceed the special income level (SIL) which is three hundred percent of the federal benefit rate (FBR); and
    2. The countable income cannot be greater than the department contracted daily rate times thirty one days, plus the PNA/CPI described in WAC 388-478-0045.
  4. The monthly income standard for noninstitutional medical assistance under the medically needy (MN) program equals the private facility daily rate times thirty one days, plus the thirty-eight dollars and eighty- four cents PNA/CPI described in WAC 388-478-0045. Follow MN rules described in chapter 388-519 WAC.
  5. The department approves CN noninstitutional medical assistance for a period of up to twelve months for a client who is SSI- related as described in WAC 182-512-0050, if:
    1. The client’s nonexcluded resources do not exceed the standard described in WAC 388-513-1350 (1); and
    2. The client’s nonexcluded income does not exceed the CN standard described in chapter 182-512 WAC.The department approves MN noninstitutional medical assistance for a period of months described in chapter 182-504 WAC  for an SSI- related client, if:
    1. The client’s nonexcluded resources do not exceed the standard described in WAC 388-513-1350 (1); and
    2. The client satisfies any spenddown liability as described in chapter 182-519 WAC.The department determines eligibility for a cash grant for individuals residing in an alternate living facility using the following program rules:
    1. WAC 388-400-0005 temporary assistance for needy families (TANF);
    2. WAC 388-400-0060 aged, blind, disabled (ABD) cash benefits;
    3. WAC 388-400-0030 refugee assistance.
  6. The client described in subsection (7) residing in an adult family home (AFH) receives a grant based on a payment standard in WAC 388-478-0033 due to an obligation to pay shelter costs to the adult family home. The client keeps a CPI in the amount of thirty-eight dollars and eighty-four cents described in WAC 388-478-0045 and pays the remainder of the grant to the adult family home as room and board.
  7. The client described in subsection (7) residing in an ALF described in subsections (2) (b), (c), (d), (e), (f) or (g) (all nonadult family home residential settings) keeps the thirty-eight dollars and eighty-four cents CPI amount based on WAC 388-478-0045.
  8. The client described in (3) and receiving medicaid personal care (MPC) from the department keeps sixty-two dollars and seventy-nine cents as a PNA and pays the remainder of their income to the ALF for room and board and personal care.

 

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