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By Juan Morfin
Washington State Journal 

Update: Governor signs bill to delay long-term care implementation


Last updated 1/27/2022 at 4:13pm

Washington’s highly-touted and highly controversial long-term care program will be delayed by 18 months, as lawmakers work to correct flaws in the program.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed bills Thursday, Jan. 27, to delay the WA Cares payroll tax on Washington workers just days after the Senate voted 46-3 in favor of delaying both the collection of premiums and WA Cares Fund’s implementation. The House of Representatives voted 91-6 in favor of the same bill.

Inslee’s action pauses on the collection of premiums. The collection is scheduled to begin July 1, 2023, instead of Jan. 1, 2022.

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