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Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC


  ( Division 9 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )


  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )

CHAPTER 3. State Supplementary Program for Aged, Blind and Disabled [12000 - 12351]

  ( Chapter 3 repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1216. )

ARTICLE 4. Eligibility [12150 - 12156]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1216. )


Persons who are receiving federal supplemental security income benefits, or who but for their income, are eligible to receive such benefits under Title XVI of the Social Security Act, or who are made eligible for supplemental benefits by other provisions of this chapter are entitled to receive state supplementation pursuant to this chapter.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1216.)


In determining eligibility of any individual for the state supplementary payment administered by the federal government, in addition to any other income or resources disregarded by the secretary, the following additional amounts of income or resources of the individual shall be disregarded:

(a) Funds for readers, or educational scholarships, or both, which are not available to meet basic needs and which have been awarded by a high school, college, or university or a vocational or technical training institution to any recipient of aid to the aged, blind or disabled under this chapter due to his or her blindness while he or she is regularly attending any public school in this state, the University of California, or any other institution of higher learning in this state, shall not be deemed property, income, or resource of the recipient for any purpose and no deduction therefor shall be made from the recipient’s amount of aid.

(b) The value and the occupancy value of the home owned by the aged, blind or disabled individual or in combination with any other person if it serves to provide him or her with a home. In the event that this subdivision is in conflict with federal regulations pertaining to the value of such home, federal law shall supersede this subdivision with the respect to the value of such home. Persons who would otherwise be eligible under this chapter except for the value of their home, shall nevertheless be entitled to grants under this chapter at the same level as are established for persons whose home is within the federal home value limits. Payments for such persons shall, if federal law permits, be administered by the secretary. If federal law does not so permit, such grants shall be paid by the counties, and the costs, including administrative costs, shall be deducted from the individual county’s contribution required under Section 12400.

(c) Additional payments made from any source to a vendor in order to meet the needs of recipients as determined by the county welfare department.

(d) Any other exclusions provided for in Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 12500) and Chapter 6.5 (commencing with Section 13900).

(e) The value of the following items in the aggregate except that any amount paid in excess of one thousand eight hundred dollars ($1,800) or the dollar limit imposed by federal law, whichever is lower, shall not be disregarded:

(1) Money or securities placed in an irrevocable trust for funeral, cremation, or interment expenses with any of the trustees mentioned in Section 7736 of the Business and Professions Code or Section 8775 of the Health and Safety Code.

(2) Money or securities placed in an irrevocable trust created by a deposit in an insured savings institution made by one person of his or her own money in his or her own name as trustee for a funeral director to provide payment for funeral services rendered the funeral director upon the depositor’s death.

(3) Life or burial insurance purchased specifically for funeral, cremation, or interment expense, which is placed in an irrevocable trust or which has no loan or surrender value available to the recipient.

(4) Securities issued by a licensed cemetery authority which by their terms are convertible into payment for funeral, cremation, or interment expenses.

(f) Interment plots as defined in Section 7022 of the Health and Safety Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1520, Sec. 4. Effective September 30, 1982.)


To the extent permitted by federal law, any recipient who meets the eligibility criteria of more than one classification of recipient described under this chapter as aged, blind or disabled, shall be permitted to select his classification of coverage.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1216.)


In determining, for purposes of this chapter, whether an individual is blind, there shall be an examination of such individual by a physician skilled in the diseases of the eye or by an optometrist, whichever the individual may select in accordance with applicable federal law.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1141.)

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