Overview for Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers will play a critical role in certifying the eligibility of patients who opt to use paid family and medical leave benefits. The process health care providers will use to certify patient claims for Paid Family and Medical Leave is currently under development, so check back here for more information soon.


How does Paid Family & Medical Leave work for healthcare providers?

  • Are my patients eligible for benefits?

    Most people employed in Washington who work 820 hours or more in the qualifying period, which is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before they plan to take leave, will qualify. There are some exceptions (federal employees, for example), but many of your working patients will likely qualify.

    To use their benefits, they must experience a qualifying event. Leave events can be either Family or Medical.

    Family Leave

    • Care and bond after a baby’s birth or the placement of a child younger than 18
    • Care for a family member experiencing an illness or medical event
    • Certain military-connected events

    Medical Leave

    • Care for yourself in relation to an illness or medical event

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