Washington State Long Term Care Trust Act

Window Period to Apply for Limited Individual Exemption Washington state has passed the nation's first public-operated, long-term care insurance program—the Long Term Care Act
By: LesLTC
 
SEATTLE - April 23, 2021 - PRLog -- Washington state has passed the nation's first public-operated, long-term care insurance program—the Long Term Care Act—which is paid for by employees through employer withholding as a payroll tax.

Short-term care benefit, publicly funded by a 0.58% payroll tax on all wages and remuneration, withheld quarterly by employers
  • Mandatory for all W-2 employees in Washington State (except those not otherwise explicitly exempt)

  • Self-employed, independent contractors, sole proprietors, partners,  may "opt-in"
  • Those who are currently retired do not pay premiums and will not qualify for benefits
  • Private LTC insurance policyowners may "opt-out" of the program permanently by applying for an exemption between October 1st, 2021 and December 31st, 2022
    • LTC insurance must be owned or "purchased before November 1, 2021"
    • Average underwriting time is 90 months
    • I would have my application in by end of July 31 2021 to be able to opt out of the state plan

  • Oregon and Idaho residents who earn income in Washington are expected to pay the Trust Act payroll tax, but will not be eligible for benefits unless or until they later move to Washington.
  • The benefit unit "must be adjusted annually at a rate no greater than the Washington Consumer Price Index"

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