WA CARES FUND
Ensuring all Washingtonians have access to affordable long-term care when they need it.
The Legislature and Governor Inslee have announced plans to change and improve the WA Cares Fund during the 2022 legislative session, which is scheduled to conclude in March 2022. Per direction from the Governor, ESD will not collect premiums from employers until April 2022 or until further direction is received.
We will update the website as more information becomes available or you can sign up for the WA Cares Fund mailing list. For employer-specific information, you can also subscribe to ESD’s employer newsletter.
A BOLD STEP
The Washington State Legislature established a long-term care insurance benefit for all eligible workers to address the future long-term care crisis.
WHY IT MATTERS
Addressing the Need
7 in 10 Washingtonians over the age of 65 will need long-term services and supports within their lifetimes.
Minimizing Family Burden
Family caregivers who leave the workforce to care for a loved one lose their own income and health and retirement benefits.
Keeping Your Savings
To pay for long-term care, many people must spend down their savings to qualify for financial support.
Having Peace of Mind
By contributing a small amount from each paycheck while we’re working, we can all pay for long-term care when we need it.
LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE
Under this law, individuals will have access to a lifetime benefit amount that, should they need it, they can use on a wide range of long-term services and supports.