Thank Your Lawmaker: WA Cares Improvement Bills

Thank You: WA Cares includes near-retirees

Thanks to YOUR efforts, the legislature and Governor approved HB 1732, one of the WA Cares improvement bills we’ve been working so hard to get passed! Thank you so much for all of your support.  AARP could not do the important legislative work to help older adults without the strength of our member's voices. 

With the passing of HB 1732, more than one million near-retirees are now covered by the WA Cares program to help pay for care services that keep us in our homes as we age.  Washington workers born before 1968 will qualify for partial benefits on a pro-rated basis, which equals 10% of the $36,500 benefit for each year they have paid into the fund.

The WA Cares Fund is a new state program that will help people pay for long-term care, including assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, managing medications, and other activities of daily life. Until the program is implemented, the primary way families get help paying for long-term care is to spend down to poverty to qualify for Medicaid, putting the burden on taxpayers to keep the program solvent.

Can you take a minute today to send your legislators and the governor a note thanking them for standing with us to protect and expand eligibility for this critical program? We have provided a quick and easy way to send them a message, using the information on this page.

Again, we thank you for taking action. 

Sincerely, 

Cathy MacCaul

Advocacy Director

AARP Washington

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Thank You: WA Cares Near-Retirees
Dear Decision Maker,

Thank you for protecting and improving WA Cares to expand eligibility to near-retirees!

By supporting HB 1732, more than one million near-retirees are now covered by the WA Cares program to help pay for care services that keep us in our homes as we age. Washington workers born before 1968 now qualify for partial benefits on a pro-rated basis, which equals 10% of the $36,500 benefit for each year they have paid into the fund. An eligible vesting year requires only 500 hours of work so part-time workers will also qualify.

Without WA Cares, families will continue to drain their savings to afford care services. Only then will Medicaid step in to help pay for care, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for an exponential increase of new Medicaid enrollments due to the current age wave.

Expanding coverage to include near-retirees provides some financial assistance to help pay for care and furthers the cost savings to the state by keeping more families off Medicaid.

Please continue to support the WA Cares program and make sure it will be available for decades to come.

Thank you.

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