“One State’s Quest to Introduce Long-Term Care Benefits,” by Ron Lieber, New York Times
“For a few weeks this year, the rarest of things seemed like it was about to occur. A state, in this case Washington, was working to pass a bill that would institute a new payroll tax to help cover the cost of a much-needed service: long-term care in a nursing home, in a personal residence or elsewhere in the local community. Rarer still: At least a couple of Republicans, including one of the bill’s primary sponsors, supported the tax proposal. Eligible adults were to receive $100 a day from the revenue raised by the tax, for up to 365 days — not typically enough to pay the full cost of nursing home care but potentially helpful in keeping less affluent older people from obliterating their savings and ending up on Medicaid. Alas, it was not meant to be.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): Another one bites the dust. Another mistake avoided.