Pregnant Women Assistance

Revised July 28, 2019 

Purpose: 

WAC 388-400-0055  Who is eligible for the pregnant women assistance (PWA) program?


Clarifying Information - WAC 388-400-0055 

  1. Financial Services Specialists and/or WorkFirst Program Specialists are responsible for verifying pregnancy and approving PWA benefits.
  2. People who are currently ineligible for TANF due to sanction status in WAC 388-310-1600 are not eligible for PWA. 
  3. People who are currently ineligible for TANF due to the 60-month time limit and do not meet Time Limit Extension (TLE) criteria may be eligible for PWA.
  4. If the person does not provide requested pregnancy verification, deny the AU (refer to CSD Procedures Handbook: Finalizing an Application).  
  5. When screening PWA, choose the GS program type.
  6. After approving PWA benefits, complete a Social Services Referral (DSHS 14-084).
  7. PWA eligibility begins the date all verification is received, including verification of pregnancy, and continues to the end of pregnancy.