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2018 LEG PRIORITIES

 

Joint Legislative Executive Committee (JLEC)

Implement the 2017 priorities outlined in the December 2016 report of the Joint Legislative Executive Committee (JLEC) on Aging & Disability Issues.  Implementation will require thoughtful discussion about the state budget to meet he needs of current and future generations of vulnerable Washingtonians.

 

Washington State Retirement Preparedness Study, Department of Commerce Report to the Legislature, November 2017 – Washingtonians aren’t saving enough for retirement, at the risk of spending their later years with diminishing standards of living and more reliance on public safety net programs.”

 

Office of Insurance Commissioner    – Lonnie Johns-Brown – (360) 725-7101

ESHB 2114 Surprise billing

HB 2355/SB 6062 – Market Stability and/or 1322 Waiver

HB 2322/SB 6035 property insurers assistance

HB 2320/SB 6036 Disaster mitigation

 

Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners’    – Judith White – (206) 932-0433

SHB 1884 Relocation Assistance

SHB 1798 Opportunity to Purchase

SHB 1514 Longer Notice on Closure

 

Aging & Long-Term Care Support Administration (ALTSA) – Kristi Knudsen – (360) 725-2288

HB 2346/SB 6113 Provisional licenses in certain circumstances

HB 2344/SB 6112 – Adult Family Home evacuation

HB 2343 – definition of “willful”

HB 2426, SB 6199 – Administrative work being taken over by 3rd party contract to relieve case mgrs. of administration duties

HB 2515 – Updating the Medicaid payment methodology

 

 

 

Adult Family Home Council – John Ficker – (360) 754-3329

HB 2381 Option to Increase to 8 beds

HB 2651 Personal needs allowance increase

Proviso – New Developmental Disability/Adult Family Home Contract

Proviso – Cost adjustment for Adult Family Homes

 

 

 

Retired Public Employees Council (RPEC) – Maria Britton-Sipe (360) 352-8262 Ext 107

 

HB – 2511 – Plan 1 COLA & PEBB subsidy increase

Retirement security in Washington State

SB – 5995 – Address increasing costs for generic prescription drugs

 

SHB 1047 WA Secure Drug Take-back Act – Margaret Shield – (206) 499-5452

 

 

AARP – Joanna Grist – (206) 795-6837, Cathy MacCaul – (206) 517-2324

  • Restore Hearing Aid Coverage – see Governor’s budget, restoration of old program is $672K/year for 1 hearing aid,
  • HB 2651 – Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) Increase – $85/month increase
  • SB 6251 – Senior Tax Exemption – adjust by median county income
  • WRF’s Long Term Care Trust

Alzheimer’s AssociationAmber Ulvenes – (360) 280-0384, Peter Newbold – (206) 529-3867

  • Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC) – staff to support the volunteer committee, multi-agency request for a budget proviso.
  • Columbia Legal ServicesMichael Althauser – (360) 701-0053, Ann LoGerfo – (206) 287-8615
  • 1359 – Charity Care – adding language to improve access and eligibility for those below 100% of poverty level
  • 1239 – SSI/SSDI Appeals – provide 1 free copy of medical records for those appealing denials.

Disability RightsDavid Lord – (206) 947-6643

  • 1139 – Office of Public Guardianship (OPG)
  • Increase OPG Funding
  • Guardianship – make more user-friendly, provide alternatives and additional oversight, monitoring
  • PNA (Personal Needs Allowance)
  • Homelessness
  • APS Registry – review appeals process – No Bill this year due to fiscal note
  • Hospital discharge – process and settings
  • DSHS request bill re contracting out individual provider administration

 

LTC OmbudsPatricia Hunter – (253) 838-6810, Melanie Smith

  • HB 2750 – Assisted Living – increased fines plus transparency

 

  • SEIU 775 – Lani Todd – (206) 648-5705
  • WRF’s LTC Trust
  • COLA Increase
  • Consumer Protection
  • Guardianship – make system more user friendly
  • Supporting IP contracting bill

State Council on Aging (SCOA)Ron Vivion – (425) 742-0585

  • Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC) Funding – first priority
  • Public Guardianship – alternatives to decision making
  • Hearing aids
  • Medicaid demonstration waiver – alternative care for unpaid care givers
  • Health Homes
  • LTC Ombuds

WA Assoc. of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A)Kate White-Tudor – (360) 401-1272, Dan Murphy

  • Relief for training required for part-time respite providers for family caregivers (needed to boost workforce to meet Demonstration waiver obligations under MAC and TSOA)
  • Fix Health Homes care coordination rates to promote statewide engagement
  • Individual provider employment agency—DSHS request bill which provides relief to case manager overload
  • WRF’s LTC Trust

WSSRA (School Retirees)Peter Diedrick – (360) 413-5497, Fred Yancy – (360)357-3327 Restore PERS 1 COLA – no increase since 2011, partnering with RPEC, full restoration not expected. Just 2 of 16 retirement plans lack COLAs. COLA would be $15M – $20M

  • Medical benefit restoration – $12M/year
  • Make Plan 2 the Default Retirement Plan – It’s a defined benefit vs. Plan 3, the default, which is an IRA. This should be an informed choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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