Article: Helping Pay for Long-term Care

A few years ago, state Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) got a close look at the financial toll of long-term care when her mother-in-law went on Medicaid.

“It’s incredibly stressful to spend down your parents’ assets until they don’t have anything,” said Jinkins, whose mother-in-law, 93, has dementia and lives in a licensed adult family home.

The experience reinforced Jinkins’ goal to help Washingtonians pay for long-term care. This year she will reintroduce legislation to establish a state payroll tax to fund long-term care benefits.

Read more on the AARP Bulletin.