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PDFWAC 388-449-0200

Am I eligible for cash assistance for aged, blind, or disabled (ABD) while waiting for supplemental security income (SSI)?

(1) You may receive ABD benefits while you are waiting to receive supplemental security income (SSI) benefits only when you:
(a) Have filed your SSI application with the Social Security Administration (SSA), follow through with SSA directions and requirements to process your application including keeping all interview and consultative examination appointments, and do not withdraw your application;
(b) Agree to assign the initial or reinstated SSI payment to us provided under WAC 388-449-0210;
(c) Are otherwise eligible according to WAC 388-400-0060; and
(d) Meet disability criteria listed in WAC 388-449-0001.
(2) To demonstrate your impairments are disabling despite medical treatment, you must participate in medical treatment for the impairments that keep you from working, unless you have a good cause. Good cause includes, but is not limited to, the following reasons:
(a) The treatment provider has identified a risk that the treatment may cause further limitations or loss of a function or an organ and you are not willing to take that risk;
(b) Treatment is not available because you can't obtain it without cost to you;
(c) You are so fearful of the treatment that your fear could interfere with the treatment or reduce its benefits; or
(d) You practice an organized religion that prohibits the treatment.
(3) If you refuse or fail to participate in medical treatment without good cause, your benefits may end and you will remain ineligible until you reapply and provide proof you are pursuing treatment as recommended.
(4) ABD recipients who reside in a public institution as defined in WAC 182-500-0050, are not subject to the requirements of subsections (1)(a)-(b) of this section. The requirements to apply for and assign SSI benefits will be addressed after discharge once an ABD recipient no longer resides in a public institution.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.0052, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.04.655, 74.04.770, 74.04.805, 74.08.025, 74.08.043, 74.08.090, 74.08.335, 74.08A.100, 74.62.030, and 2022 c 297 § 205(22). WSR 23-01-057, § 388-449-0200, filed 12/14/22, effective 1/14/23. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.0052, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.04.655, 74.04.770, 74.08.043, 74.08.090, 74.08.335, 74.08A.100, 74.09.035, 74.09.530, 74.62.030, and 41.05.021. WSR 22-07-020, § 388-449-0200, filed 3/8/22, effective 4/8/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.08.090, 74.08A.100, 74.04.770, 74.04.0052, 74.04.655, 74.08.043, 74.08.335, and 2011 1st sp.s. c 36. WSR 12-10-042, § 388-449-0200, filed 4/27/12, effective 6/1/12.]
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