WAG 06-06-02-b

The SSI income and earned income of a client living in a long term care facility who had Section 1619 status the month before going into the facility are exempt for the first 2 full months of the stay. The total SSI benefit payment and earned income are exempt and are not available to be used for the cost of care. If the client stays in the facility for more than 2 months, SSI income and earned income over the $30 group care standard is applied to the client's needs for the month it is received.

Example: A Section 1619 client goes into a long term care facility on 07/31/94 and leaves on 12/02/94. SSI income and earned income received for 08/94 and 09/94 are exempt and are not available to be used for the cost of care. Starting 10/94, SSI income and earned income over $30 are applied to the client's needs for the month received.

The Social Security Administration notifies the Bureau of Financial Support Policy when a Section 1619 client goes into a long term care facility. The Bureau notifies the Family Community Resource Center. The Family Community Resource Center exempts all SSI income and earned income for the first 2 months when notified by the Bureau. The Family Community Resource Center is not to exempt SSI income or earned income until notified by the Bureau.