February 27, 2024

Scheduled Hearing Dates: 
February 27, 2024 10:00am

Rule-Making Hearing Docket

Please note: The public hearing on February 27, 2024, will be held online for those interested in attending. Meeting details are as follows:

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Rule Title/Subject Contact Person Washington State Register Citations

WACs 388-447-0001 & 388-449-0001

The department is proposing to amend the following WAC sections: WAC 388-447-0001 “What are the incapacity requirements for referral to the housing and essential needs (HEN) program?” and 388-449-0001 “What are the disability requirements for the aged, blind, or disabled (ABD) program?” These amendments clarify program rules regarding disability requirements for the ABD cash and incapacity requirements for the HEN Referral program. Formal comments were incorporated after the original CR-102 was filed.

Deanna Ballard (360) 338-2896

Roanne Harris
(360) 870-8059

Preproposal notice filed as WSR 23-16-126 
Proposed rules filed as WSR 23-21-078                    Proposed supplemental rules filed as WSR 24-03-151
Hearing Date:  February 27, 2024

WACs 388-02-0020 & 388-02-0085          

WAC 388-02-0020, What does good cause mean? and 388-02-0085, Do you have a right to a hearing?. Provide statutory definition of “good cause” for late-filed hearing requests in public assistance cases.

Marc Lampson (360) 664-6093

Preproposal notice filed as WSR 23-24-017
Proposed rules filed as WSR 24-03-124
Hearing Date: February 27, 2024


WAC 388-478-0055

The department is proposing amendments to WAC 388-478-0055, “How much do I get from my state supplemental payments (SSP)?” Federal law requires the department to maintain a minimum threshold of state spending towards SSI state supplement payment (SSP) benefits each calendar year in order to continue to draw down federal Medicaid funds. The department may propose modifying rules in order to stay within available state funds to support this requirement. These amendments also clarify cost-of-living-adjustments to SSP standards for medically institutionalized recipients of SSI, as determined by the Social Security Administration.

Melissa Kenney (360) 764-3272

Roanne Harris
(360) 870-8059

Preproposal notice filed as WSR 23-24-068
Proposed rules filed as WSR 24-03-123
Hearing Date:  February 27, 2024

WAC 388-106-0336

The department added a new service, Community Stability Supports, under the Residential Support Waiver amendment WA.1086.R01.10. WAC 388-106-0336 – What services may I receive under the residential support waiver? Minor language changes are made to this WAC for consistency in service language.

Jovi Sanchez 360-725-2254

Preproposal notice filed as WSR 23-05-081
Proposed rule filed as WSR 24-03-086      
Hearing Date: February 27, 2024

WACs 388-850-020, 388-850-025, 388-850-035 & 388-850-045

The department is proposing to amend these rules WAC 388-850-020, Plan development and submission; 388-850-025, Program operation—General provisions; 388-850-035, Services—Developmental disabilities; and 388-850-045, What is the formula for distribution of funding to the counties? to increase the percentage of a county’s allocated funds for county administrative expenses, to remove text that duplicates requirements dictated by statute, and to update the distribution formula and other outdated service names and processes and to simplify the process for county plan development. 

Chantelle Diaz
(360) 407-1589

Preproposal filed as WSR 23-20-065
Proposed rules filed as WSR 24-03-051
Hearing Date:  February 27, 2024

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