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Policy researchers and lawmakers have long recognized that long-term care is an important issue—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 a long-term care insurance program for workers in the state. The bill attempts to offer at least a partial solution an issue that has been widely discussed but not addressed by most states: the costs associated with caring for an aging population.


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