1. Washington State Has Created the Nation’s First Social-Insurance Program for Long-Term Care

    Washington State Has Created the Nation’s First Social-Insurance Program for Long-Term Care

    Washington State Has Created the Nation’s First Social-Insurance Program for Long-Term Care Washington State Has Created the Nation’s First Social-Insurance Program for Long-Term Care When Americans age or need help with the basic tasks of living, they often have no one to turn to but their family members. A groundbreaking program in Washington will change that for residents of the state. Martha Hays, left, works with a nurse during a balance evaluation at her home.

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    1. My mother suffers because she has to do everything.
    2. They are just so frightened of not having enough money.
    3. They didn't have the resources to hire a nurse…so she could get a break for four hours a week.
    4. It expands options for people who are in need of care, aging adults, or people with disabilities.
    5. The system right now is quite narrow, and it requires individuals to basically impoverish themselves to be able to access any coverage.
    6. To date, elected officials have really failed to come up with a plan.
    7. What really was effective at helping unite us all is that everyone can look down the road and see that we are headed towards a crisis.
    8. It will allow people to take care of those episodic periods where they need that support.
    9. We have to shift [from] perceiving care as an individual burden to a shared responsibility we all have a stake in.
    10. It's a good model that we're going to explore in other states.
    11. We don't think that in a wealthy nation like we live in that's the way it has to be.
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