Learn about the WA Cares Fund

Join a live education session to learn more about the state long-term care program and payroll deduction that begins in 2022.

Beginning next year, a mandatory payroll deduction will be imposed on all Washington employee wages to fund a statewide long-term care insurance benefit called the WA Cares Fund.

The state is offering live webinar sessions in September and October to help you learn more about the WA Cares Fund and get your questions answered. Registration is not required. For details and Frequently Asked Questions, go to Learn More.

WA Cares Fund live webinars
Sept. 23     5–6 p.m.Oct. 14          1–2 p.m.
Sept. 30     12–1 p.m.Oct. 21          12–1 p.m.
Oct. 7         12–1 p.m.Oct. 28          12–1 p.m.

Program summary

Please refer to the June 8 Employee News article for information about the WA Cares Fund. A summary is provided below:

  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, all employers must collect $0.58 per $100 of earnings through a payroll deduction and send the money to the Employment Security Department.
  • Beginning January 2025, eligible participants can access the WA Cares Fund benefit of up to $100 per day, with a lifetime benefit of $36,500, for a range of long-term care services and supports. For more information, go to WA Cares Benefits and Earning Your Benefits.
  • If you have comparable long-term care insurance purchased before Nov. 1, 2021, you can apply to the Employment Security Department for a permanent exemption to this program. For more information, go to Exemptions.

More information

The WA Cares Fund is administered by the Employment Security Department and the Department of Social and Health Services. King County does not administer any portion of the program beyond collecting premiums via payroll deduction and reporting employee pay and hours.

For more information about the program, go to the WA Cares Fund website or email wacaresfund@dshs.wa.gov. In addition, see the WA Cares Fund webpage for King County employees and FAQ.