WA Cares benefits are entirely funded by worker premiums.


To qualify for benefits from the WA Cares Fund, you must have worked and contributed to the fund for:

  • At least ten years at any point in your life without a break of five or more years within those ten years, or
  • Three of the last six years at the time you apply for the benefit, and
  • At least 500 hours per year during those years.

For more information on WA Cares Fund premiums, see RCW 50B.04.080 and RCW 50B.04.085.  

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