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WA Cares Fund Refunds and Exemptions

Published on Tuesday, February 1, 2022


Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1732 into law on January 27, 2022, delaying the implementation of the WA Cares Fund until July 1, 2023 and requiring employers to refund premiums collected since the start of the year.

As a result, the University will:

  • Stop deducting the WA Cares Fund premium from employees effective as of January 27, 2022.
  • Refund premiums deducted from employee paychecks, beginning with the February 25, 2022 paycheck.


  • An employee exempted from the WA Cares Fund premium is permanently ineligible from receiving benefits under the program and cannot rejoin the program at a later date.

You can apply for an exemption to the WA Cares Fund up until December 31, 2022 if:

  • You had already purchased long-term care insurance by November 1, 2021
  • You are eighteen years of age or older on the date of your exemption application.

The exemption process consists of two parts:

  1. Submit your application for an exemption to the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD). Applications are approved or denied by ESD based on criteria established in state law.
    Refer to the “Applying for an exemption” section of the ESD’s Exemptions page for guidance.
  2. If the ESD approves your application, submit your exemption approval letter to the ISC Payroll team.

You MUST provide your exemption approval letter to the ISC Payroll team for your exemption status to be reflected in Workday.

Review UWHR’s WA Cares Fund overview page for additional details.