7 in 10 will need long-term care services as they age.

Most of us will need long-term care but don't have a way to pay for it. Starting July 2026 benefits become available for qualified, eligible individuals under the WA Cares Fund. The WA Cares Fund is a new state program that helps you receive long-term care services and support up to $36,500 over your lifetime. If you are looking for more information visit wacaresfund.wa.gov

Key Dates

July 1, 2023
Contributions begin. Self-employed individuals can opt in.

July 1, 2026
Benefits become available to qualified, eligible individuals. 

If you are looking for information about current long-term care services, please call us:

Whatcom County (360) 738-2500
Skagit County (360) 428-1309

Read the full WA Cares Fund Factsheet