In 2019, Washington passed the first law in the nation requiring employees to fund a state-operated long-term care insurance program. The program, codified at RCW 50B.04 and set to begin on January 1, 2025, will be funded by an uncapped payroll tax starting at 0.58% on all employee compensation beginning January 1, 2022.

Although changes to the law are subject to final approval, Governor Inslee is expected to sign the final bill (HB 1323) shortly. If signed into law, the amendments will require employees who wish to opt out of the tax to purchase long-term care insurance by November 1, 2021. Accordingly, employers should act now if they want to offer employees long-term care options prior to the anticipated deadline. Read the full article.