OLYMPIA – Seniors and residents with disabilities in Washington would be allowed to retain more of their hard-earned money every month under new legislation introduced by Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett). 

“This bill builds on progress we made last year to support our older neighbors and ensure they have the resources they need to thrive,” said Liias. “An increase in the monthly allowance will give more of our neighbors the freedom to afford small personal necessities in their lives – whether that means clothing or gifts for loved ones.” 

Senate Bill 5183 would ensure Washington’s most vulnerable and low-income residents would retain up to $100 of their own income per month to meet their personal needs – an increase from the previous limit of $75.36. The personal needs allowance amount would adjust for inflation each year.  

The bill builds on legislation passed last session that increased the amount of monthly income retained by Medicaid long-term care clients receiving in-home care. 

SB 5183 is scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Human Services Committee on Jan. 16 at 10:30am.