Policy researchers and lawmakershave long recognized that long-term care is an importantissue—there just has not been a consensus on how to address it.(Photo: Shutterstock)

Washington state has passed a first-in-the-nation bill establishing along-term care insurance program for workers in the state. The billattempts to offer at least a partial solution an issue that hasbeen widely discussed but not addressed by most states: the costsassociated with caring for an aging population.

The price tag of long-term care varies by individuals and theirspecific health needs, but estimates range from $25,000 to morethan $300,000 per individual for long-term care costs in theU.S.

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