Bloomberg Law
Nov. 9, 2021, 8:58 PM

Washington’s First-in-Nation Long-Term Care Fund Draws Lawsuit

Jacklyn Wille
Jacklyn Wille
Legal Reporter

A Washington law that will require workers to contribute $.58 of every $100 they earn toward a long-term care insurance fund beginning in 2022 interferes with federal benefits law and can’t stand, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The lawsuit takes aim at the WA Cares Fund, the first state program of its kind slated to fund long-term care benefits through worker premiums. The program, which was signed into law in 2019 by Gov. Jay Inslee (D), requires workers to contribute 0.58% of their earnings toward an insurance fund that will begin paying benefits to eligible individuals in 2025. ...

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