Voluntary Benefits

Trustmark & the WA Cares Fund Tax

What to know about the WA Cares Fund payroll tax and why you should keep your policy

You’ve made a wise decision to protect your family and your paycheck, and we’re here to help.

Here are a few things to know if you live in the State of Washington and have a Trustmark Universal Life policy with long-term care benefits:

Dec. 2021 Tax Delay

The Governor has announced a delay in the collection of the payroll tax for the WA Cares Fund program. The delay is not a cancellation of the new tax. It is important to realize that while remittance from your employer to the state has been delayed, your employer may still deduct the tax from your paycheck in the interim until more guidance is given by the state. The delay is intended to allow lawmakers to address certain issues with the law, not to discontinue it. If you intend to opt out of the tax, it is important not to cancel your policy.
 
Here’s why:
  • The deadline to obtain coverage has not changed. The November 1, 2021 deadline has passed. If you cancel your Trustmark policy now, you may no longer have credible coverage for the opt out if proof of coverage is required in the future.
  • One of the changes the State is likely going to make to the legislation is to require regular proof of coverage in order to receive an ongoing exemption, so keep your policy somewhere safe.
  • You may not have a future opportunity to get long-term care protection. Even if you do, coverage will likely be more expensive due to age increases and you may be subject to new underwriting.
  • Trustmark coverage is only available during a special enrollment and you may not have access to it again. You cannot reinstate cancelled coverage at any point.
  • Your Trustmark protection offers both life insurance and long-term care benefits at a rate that won’t increase due to your age or salary.1 You can also keep your coverage even if you change jobs, retire or move out of state.

If you have not yet applied for an exemption, you can visit this page at the State’s WA Cares site to apply. (You will need a SecureAccess WA account.)

Remember that you can access your policy information and file claims 24/7 on the Trustmark Voluntary Benefits Portal.

For more information about the WA Cares Fund Program, visit the WA Cares site.

Updated December 21, 2021

Universal Life & WA Tax Exemption

If you live in the State of Washington and are looking to purchase Universal Life with long-term care coverage or, if you’re already a policyholder, please note the following:
  • All 2021 enrollments are closed and we are unable to process any new applications to be applied towards the WA State Exemption.
  • If you have applied for coverage, but haven’t received a policy yet, please note that your coverage is effective as of the date of your application due to interim coverage (if your application for coverage is approved).
  • Your policy will qualify you to apply for the exemption once your policy has been issued, and you have until December 2022 to apply for your exemption. This includes spousal policies which may still be in underwriting because they take longer to complete.
  • For information on applying for exemption please visit the WA Cares Fund website.
Please make sure you keep your policy in a safe place. The state has indicated that you may need your policy in the future. In addition, current or future employers may also require proof of your policy at any time. Once issued, your policy information may be found on the Trustmark portal.