Washington Long-Term Care Trust Act
As an insurance agent who specializes in long-term care insurance, I support the Washington Long-Term Care Trust Act.
It will help to slow the growth of Medicaid.
1. By providing a year of modest benefits ($100 per day for 365 days) the Washington Long-Term Care Trust Act will delay the need for Medicaid. By slowing the growth of Medicaid this bill can help preserve our limited Medicaid budget for those who need it the most.
This bill will increase the funds available to the home care industry.
2. In only seven years the first Baby Boomers will turn 80. The long-term care “tsunami” will arrive. The Washington Long-Term Care Trust will help grow the “care infrastructure” so that we have enough home care workers to meet the needs.
This program will remind every employee, every pay period, that we all need to plan for long-term care.
3. Neither Medicare nor medical insurance covers long-term care. Everyone does NOT need long-term care insurance, but everyone DOES need a plan for long-term care.
Lastly, this program will not overlap with Washington’s Long-Term Care Partnership Program.
4. Those Washingtonians who have assets, and plan ahead, can protect their assets through the Washington Long-Term Care Partnership Program. The Partnership Program protects assets even if your long-term care insurance policy runs out of benefits. The Washington Long-Term Care Trust Act will complement, not replace, Washington’s Long-Term Care Partnership Program.
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