Governor


There is no elected official in the state who has a bigger impact on quality affordable long-term care than the Governor. The governor oversees all publicly funding long-term care services in the state and plays a large role in establishing wages and benefits for caregivers.

There may also be no race where there is such a clear difference between the candidates on where they stand on issues impacting care for seniors and people with disabilities.

Jay Inslee

  • Jay InsleeSupported voter approved Initiative 1163 to require federal criminal background checks and higher training standards for long-term care workers
  • Supported federal legislation to push states to increase access for seniors and people with disabilities to home and community-based long-term care services as an alternative to nursing homes
  • Supported a voluntary national long-term care insurance program that would give all families access to affordable long-term care coverage
  • Opposes any further cuts to home care services for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Supports lifting caregivers out of poverty and ensuring living wage jobs for caregivers

 

Rob McKenna

  • Rob McKennaOpposed voter approved Initiative 1163 to require federal criminal background checks and higher training standards for long-term care workers
  • Filed a lawsuit to block federal legislation that would have increased access for seniors and people with disabilities to home care services as an alternative to nursing homes
  • Filed a lawsuit to block federal legislation creating a voluntary national long-term care insurance program that would have given all families access to affordable long-term care coverage
  • Has proposed a budget plan that would require hundreds of millions of dollars in additional cuts to home care services for vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities
  • Found against an increase in the minimum wage – which affects thousands of caregivers – and also has proposed curtailing the ability of tens of thousands of home care workers to bargain with the state for higher wages & benefits