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WAC 182-513-1530

Maximum guardianship fee and related cost deductions allowed from a client's participation or room and board on or after June 1, 2018.

(1) General information.
(a) This section sets the maximum guardianship fee and related cost deductions when:
(i) A court order was entered on or after June 1, 2018; or
(ii) The client under guardianship began receiving medicaid-funded long-term services and supports on or after June 1, 2018.
(b) This section only applies to a client who is:
(i) Eligible for and receives institutional services under chapter 182-513 WAC or home and community-based waiver services under chapter 182-515 WAC, and who is required to pay participation under WAC 182-513-1380, 182-515-1509, or 182-515-1514; or
(ii) Eligible for long-term services and supports under chapter 182-513 or 182-515 WAC, and who is required to pay only room and board.
(c) All requirements of this section remain in full force whether or not the agency appears at a guardianship proceeding.
(d) In this section, the agency does not delegate any authority in determining eligibility or post-eligibility for medicaid clients.
(i) Under the authority granted by RCW 11.92.180, the agency does not deduct more than the amounts allowed by this section from participation or room and board.
(ii) The eligibility rules under Title 182 WAC remain in full force and effect.
(e) The agency does not reduce a client's participation or room and board under this section for guardianship fees or related costs accumulated during any month that a client was not required to pay:
(i) Participation under WAC 182-513-1380, 182-515-1509, or 182-515-1514; or
(ii) Room and board under chapter 182-513 or 182-515 WAC.
(f) If the client has another fiduciary, payee, or other principal-agency relationship and the agent is allowed compensation, any monthly guardianship fee approved under this section is reduced by the agent's compensation.
(2) Maximum guardianship fee and related cost deductions.
(a) The maximum guardianship fee and related cost deductions under this section include all guardianship services provided to the client, regardless of the number of guardians appointed to a client during a period of time, or whether the client has multiple guardians appointed at the same time.
(b) Maximum guardianship fees and related cost deductions are as follows:
(i) The total deduction for costs directly related to establishing a guardianship for a client cannot exceed $1,850;
(ii) The total deduction for guardianship-related costs cannot exceed $1,200 during any three-year period; and
(iii) The amount of the monthly deduction for guardianship fees cannot exceed $235 per month.
(3) For people under subsection (1)(b)(i) of this section – Participation deductions.
(a) After receiving the court order, the agency or its designee adjusts the client's current participation to reflect the deductions under WAC 182-513-1380, 182-515-1509, or 182-515-1514.
(b) The amounts of the participation deductions are the amounts under subsection (2) of this section, or the court order, whichever are less.
(c) For clients who pay room and board in addition to participation, if the client's amount of participation is insufficient to allow for the amounts under subsection (2) of this section, then, regardless of any provision of chapter 182-513 or 182-515 WAC, the client's room and board will be adjusted to allow the amounts under subsection (2) of this section.
(4) For people under subsection (1)(b)(ii) of this section - Room and board deductions.
(a) The agency adjusts the client's room and board after receiving the court order, regardless of any provision of chapter 182-513 or 182-515 WAC.
(b) The amounts of the room and board deductions are the amounts under subsection (2) of this section, or the court order, whichever are less.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 18-10-024, § 182-513-1530, filed 4/24/18, effective 6/1/18.]
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