Contact: Jessica Nelson, DSHS Office of Communications
Jessica.Nelson1@dshs.wa.gov or (360) 628–1043
In July 2023, Washington workers began earning long-term care benefits through the WA Cares Fund. Workers contribute 0.58% of each paycheck to WA Cares during their working years to access a $36,500 lifetime benefit (adjusted annually for inflation) when they need long-term care.
While WA Cares benefits can be used to pay for care in a residential setting like a nursing home, they can also cover services and supports to help you stay at home — things like training and paying a family caregiver, paying a professional in-home caregiver, home safety modifications, home-delivered meals, transportation and assistive technology like medication reminder devices.
To learn more about long-term care and the WA Cares Fund, join us for a webinar on WA Cares Basics: What Workers Need to Know on Thursday, Jan. 18th from 11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
The webinar will cover:
· What long-term care includes.
· How caregiving responsibilities impact families and the workplace.
· How the WA Cares Fund can help.
· Who contributes to the fund.
· How exemptions work.
· How workers will meet contribution requirements, including a pathway for near-retirees.
· What benefits will be available.
There will also be an opportunity for audience Q&A. Live captioning and ASL interpretation will be available.
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.