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May 2024 WA Cares Newsletter


May 2024 Monthly Newsletter


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Join us in June for a discussion about the importance of brain health! We’ll cover dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injuries, including how to reduce your risk and resources for people affected by these conditions. We’ll also provide an overview of the WA Cares Fund and how it will help people who need care and their loved ones in the future. Register today.  

ICYMI: Watch the replay of our WA Cares Conversations: Caring for Stroke Survivors webinar. Find recording of more past webinars and learn more about upcoming webinars on our website. 

Fund Fact: According to the Washington State Department of Health, more than 175,000 people in Washington had a stroke in 2022. Stroke is also the fifth leading cause of death in Washington state. 

In the future, Washingtonians who suffer a stroke while they are still working or later in life will be able to access benefits through WA Cares. Especially for younger workers who don’t have savings or private insurance policies to pay for the long-term care they need after a stroke, WA Cares will provide immediate financial relief and time to plan for future care costs.

Read more in this month’s news article or watch the replay of our WA Cares Conversations: Caring for Stroke Survivors webinar. 

Monthly FAQ: 

What’s new for long-term services and supports providers?  

If you’re a long-term services and supports provider, you may be interested in our latest rulemaking activities. The WA Cares team at the Department of Social and Health Services is currently working to draft a new chapter of Washington Administrative Code that will include the provider application process, registration requirements and more.    

Register for our upcoming rulemaking sessions to learn more and provide input: 

  • May 29 from 2-4 p.m. We will be discussing provider rights and application process. Register now
  • June 12 from 2-4 p.m. We will be discussing provider registration requirements. Register now
  • June 26 from 1-3 p.m. We will be discussing provider registration requirements, registration denials and terminations. Register now

Find recordings of past meetings and learn more about rulemaking. If you are interested in receiving notifications for rulemaking activities or joining rulemaking stakeholder meetings, please update your e-mail preferences.  

LTSS Trust Commission: 

The Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Commission, which works on behalf of Washington employees and long-term care stakeholders to improve, monitor and implement WA Cares, will hold its next meeting on July 10 from 1-4 p.m. Find meeting details and learn more about the Commission.