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Washington State LTC Program Requires Employers to Collect Premiums

July 20, 2021


On April 21, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Trust Act, creating the WA Cares Fund and making Washington the first state in the country to adopt a mandatory, public, state-run long-term care (LTC) insurance program for workers. Below are a few key highlights of the new law, with more details following:

  • The law imposes a new employee-paid premium of $0.58 per $100 of earnings.
  • There is no employer-paid portion of the premium.
  • Employers are responsible for collecting, remitting, and reporting these premiums, and employers will face penalties if they do not.

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