WA Cares Fund To Start In January

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – A mandatory payroll tax to fund Washington state’s new long-term care program will start coming out of most workers’ paychecks across the state in January.

The insurance benefit is dubbed the WA Cares Fund.

It’s a first-in-nation public insurance program aimed at helping older residents age in their own homes.

The program has drawn both ire and praise from advocacy groups and politicians.

Advocates cite a rapidly aging population and high premiums on the current private long-term-care market.

Critics have lambasted the plan as expensive, unnecessary and inflexible in terms of eligibility and payout.

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