Washington now 1st state with long-term care program

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law making his state the first to establish a program to help offset the costs of long-term care.

The program promises a benefit for those who pay into the program, with a lifetime maximum of $36,500 per person, indexed to inflation, paid for by an employee payroll premium. Inslee signed the bill Monday.

Under the new law, premiums of 0.58 % of wages will start being collected from employees on Jan. 1, 2022. Starting Jan. 1, 2025, people who need assistance with at least three “activities of daily living” such as bathing, dressing or administration of medication, could tap into the fund to pay for things like in-home care, home modifications like a wheelchair ramp and rides to the doctor.