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2021 House Bill 1323: Concerning the long-term services and supports trust program
Introduced by Rep. Steve Tharinger (Sequim) (D) on January 20, 2021
Referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on January 20, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on February 10, 2021
Requires that self-employed persons who wish to elect coverage under the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (Trust Program) exercise that option by January 1, 2025, or within three years of becoming self-employed for the first time.
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 17, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Michelle Caldier (Port Orchard) (R) on February 23, 2021
Allows a self-employed person to withdraw from 10 coverage under the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program if the person demonstrates to the Employment Security Department that continued payment of the premium creates undue hardship requiring significant difficulty or expense.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 23, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Michelle Caldier (Port Orchard) (R) on February 23, 2021
Specifies that when a self-employed person elects coverage under the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (Trust Program), the initial period of coverage is for at least three years and each period immediately following a coverage period is for at least one year. Restores the ability for a self-employed person to withdraw from elected coverage during times allowed by the Employment Security Department (ESD) and also allows a self-employed person to withdrawfrom coverage within 30 days of the end of a coverage period.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 23, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Chris Corry (Yakima) (R) on February 23, 2021
Removes the limitation on the exemption from participation in the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program for employees with long-term care insurance that restricts it to only policies purchased by the effective date of the act (restores current law).
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 23, 2021
Moved to reconsider in the House on February 23, 2021
The vote by which the bill was passed.
The motion passed by voice vote in the House on February 23, 2021
Received in the House on February 23, 2021
Vote on Reconsideration.
Received in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Referred to the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee on February 25, 2021
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 26, 2021
Amendment offered in the Senate on April 10, 2021
Allows a tribe that has chosen to participate in the program to opt out any time for any reason it deems necessary.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 10, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Annette Cleveland (Vancouver) (D) on April 10, 2021
Requires the long-term services and supports (LTSS) Trust Commission to work with insurers to develop long-term care insurance products that supplement the LTSS Trust program's benefit. Requires ESD and DSHS to jointly develop and implement an outreach program to provide employers with educational materials to ensure employees are aware of the program and that the premium assessments will begin on January 1, 2022. Requires the outreach be implemented by October 1, 2021, information to be posted on a public website and made available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Chinese.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 10, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Ron Muzzall (Oak Harbor) (R) on April 10, 2021
Extends the date a person must purchase long-term care insurance to opt out of the program from the bill's effective date to November 1, 2021.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 10, 2021
Received in the House on April 14, 2021
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on April 21, 2021

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