Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope you are doing well and thriving in these unsettled times. Although session ended in late April, I've been very busy working on several issues in the 18th District. While the number of issues we are trying to combat seems endless, one of the most timely issues is the limited window to opt out of the new “Long-Term Services and Supports Trust program,” which was established by the passage of House Bill 1087 in 2019.
I'm reaching out to you today because I wanted to share an important reminder with you. As you are probably aware from previous communications, this law is about to take effect. However, today marks a key deadline for those who want to avoid paying the new payroll tax created by this wrongheaded, and poorly thought-out bill.
I am working on solutions to either reverse or improve this legislation, but those solutions must be saved for the legislative session that does not begin until January. While I strongly opposed this legislation, the Democratic majority passed it, and we all have to deal with its consequences.
However, if you have already gone through the necessary steps and purchased a private long-term care insurance plan, you can avoid this tax, starting today.
Just visit the WA Cares Fund exemption page and follow the prompts to complete the opt-out process. You have from today until Dec. 31, 2022 to opt out. However, the website has already crashed so there could be some delays in the process.
I hope you find this information beneficial. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me using the contact info below. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to meeting with you going forward.