Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This week, the House debated and voted on legislation impacting Washington state's Long-Term Care Insurance and Payroll Tax, a plan created through House Bill 1087 during the 2019 legislative session.
House Bill 1732 would delay implementation of the program by 18 months and delay the collection of premiums until July 1, 2023. House Bill 1733 would create four new voluntary exemptions from the program. You can watch the debate on TVW here.
I am grateful the governor and more legislators are starting to understand the many inherent problems with the long-term care insurance plan and payroll tax. It would be my first preference to repeal the program entirely. If that is not feasible, we should try to replace it with a plan that is more solvent and allow participants to opt-in rather than opt-out. The key thing is to have as many choices as possible. If workers have money taken out of their paychecks for a mandatory program, they may not be able to afford an additional policy that works better for them.
House Bill 1594, sponsored by Rep. Peter Abbarno, would repeal the program.
House Bill 1913, sponsored by Rep. Drew Stokesbary, would repeal and replace it with a privately managed program that would leverage the state's existing revenues to make long-term care coverage both affordable and optional. Under this plan, private insurance carriers would reinsure a portion of the risk they assume when writing long-term care policies and receive a state tax credit for all reinsurance premiums paid.
- Watch: Republican media availability | January 18, 2022
- News release: Stokesbary introduces legislation to repeal long-term care mandate and replace it with affordable and optional alternative | January 11, 2022
- News release: House Republicans call for repeal of Democrats' new long-term care insurance program and payroll tax | November 1, 2021
- Watch: Rep. Peter Abbarno explains why the long-term care insurance program and tax should be repealed
- Op-ed: Hit the reset button on long-term care insurance mandate (Reps. Joe Schmick and Peter Abbarno/The Seattle Times) | October 31, 2021
- WA Cares Fund
- Office of the State Actuary: Actuarial status of the LTSS Trust Program, 2022-2096 | June 2021
- House Bill 1087 (2019): Concerning long-term services and supports.
Thank you for staying involved in your state government and for allowing me to serve you in the state Legislature.