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Gov Inslee Urges State Congressional Delegation to Reject GOP Tax Plan
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Governor Inslee sent a letter November 14, 2017 to the Washington State congressional delegation urging them to reject the Republication tax proposals being rushed through Congress.  The governor's letter, and a twelve-page memo that accompanied it, detailed a number of ways the tax plan would adversely impact Washington State. Open letter by clicking the link below:   http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/Letter-from-Gov-1.pdf

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Toast for dinner? Senior malnutrition: a silent epidemic
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My elderly parents often resort to making toast when no one is around to make meals for them. Once a week, my sister will bring them over to her house for a big meal and send them home with leftovers. Other days my brother brings them a steady stream of casseroles. But on the days that no one stops by, it’s just them and the toaster. And sometimes they can’t even manage toast.   http://www.theolympian.com/opinion/article184675603.html

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OIC and Washington Health Benefit Exchange Market Stabilization Project
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Washington state's individual health insurance market has seen a trend of increasing premiums and insurance companies pulling back from offering health plans in certain counties. As a result, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange engaged the actuarial firm Wakely to do an analysis of state-based options to stabilize the individual market for 2019. The analysis focused on two reinsurance program

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Gov Inslee signs bill guaranteeing paid family leave in Washington

OLYMPIA — Washington state is now among a handful of states that guarantee paid family leave, after Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing Wednesday of a bipartisan plan approved by the Legislature.     http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/inslee-signs-plan-for-paid-family-leave/

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TVW Air Schedule for 2017 Senior Foundation Fall Conference
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TVW is airing the 2017 Senior Foundation Fall Conference this week every day at 6 pm throughout the week (Oct 30 to Nov 5).  After this week, the broadcast of the Conference will occur periodically throughout the month of November.   This is the link to the TVW schedule          

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Recycling is expensive in Washington. China will make it worse

Recycling is expected to grow more expensive and perhaps more limited in the coming months. That’s because China, which now accepts two-thirds of the entire world’s recyclable materials, will be stepping almost entirely out of the global market.   http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article180908816.html

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2017 Fall Conference Recap
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The Washington State Senior Citizens’ Foundation held their 2017 Fall Conference on Thursday October 19, 2017 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.   We had 380 people including speakers attend the 2017 Fall Conference. Thank you for your support for the 2017 Fall Conference. We could not sponsor such a successful conference of this size and complexity without the Sponsorships, the Volunteers, the Speakers, the Attendance and the Participation of

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Family of 4 needs $76,000 just to ‘scrape by’ in Seattle, new UW report says
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The amount a family of four needs to scrape by in Seattle has risen 86 percent since 2001, and has increased at more than twice the rate of the Consumer Price Index. Diana Pearce has been calculating these basic-needs thresholds — it’s called the Self-Sufficiency Standard — since 2001. At that time, the state workforce programs, which help unemployed people become self-sufficient, had set a uniform wage goal for the whole state.   https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/report-family-of-4-needs-76000-just-to-scrape-by-in-seattle/

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Gov. Inslee and Ins. Commissioner Kreidler to WA Congressional Delegation
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This is a letter from Governor Inslee and Insurance Commissioner Kreidler to the Washington Congressional Delegation urging them to to oppose the proposed Cassidy-Graham legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  This letter outlines the  dramatic adverse impacts this legislation would have on our State. Inslee-Kreidler ltr to Delegation re Cassidy-Graham repeal bill

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ALTSA’s 2018 Request Legislation fact sheets
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At the Lobby October meeting, Kristi Knudsen/ Legislative & Policy Analyst / Office of the Assistant Secretary, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, presented ALTSA's 2018 Request Legislation. 2018 DSHS Fact Sheet Unexpected Death of Sole Provider   2018 DSHS Agency Request Fact Sheet -Evacuation Standards   2018 DSHS-ALTSA Agency Request Fact Sheet -Willful Fact Sheet

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New Medicare cards are on the way
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Changes are coming to your Medicare card. By April 2019, your card will be replaced with one that no longer shows your Social Security number. Instead, your card will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claim status.   https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/05/new-medicare-cards-are-way

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Nine Organizations Provide Assistance For Health Insurance Customers
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The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced the nine lead organizations chosen to oversee in-person assistance provided to Washington residents during the upcoming open enrollment period scheduled to begin on Nov. 1. “Given the uncertainty currently surrounding healthcare, the support and communication these organizations provide is especially essential,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Their outreach

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Gov Inslee names Cheryl Strange secretary of DSHS
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Gov. Jay Inslee has named Cheryl Strange secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services. Strange has served as chief executive officer of Western State Hospital since April 2016. Strange replaces acting DSHS secretary Bill Moss. “DSHS serves many of our state’s most vulnerable adults and children. Cheryl brings the strategic management skills needed to head up this agency, and also works with an inspiring level of compassion and care,”

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Washington AG Ferguson sues Trump EPA over Chemical Disaster Rule
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// // // // // // The Trump administration has repeatedly blocked a key industry safety measure -- the Chemical Disaster Rule -- from going into effect. Eleven attorneys general including Washington AG Bob Ferguson are headed to federal court to un-block it. The rule stems from a Texas disaster -- the West Fertilizer Plant explosion that killed 12 first responders -- and was influenced by the 2010 Tesoro refinery explosion in Anacortes that killed

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Blame flies as Washington Legislature adjourns 3rd special session
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  Amid disagreements and accusations of game-playing, a two-year capital budget that would have spent more than $4 billion on projects across the state failed to get through.   http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/blame-flies-as-washington-legislature-adjourns-3rd-special-session/

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Gov Inslee signs bill guaranteeing paid family leave in Washington
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OLYMPIA — Washington state is now among a handful of states that guarantee paid family leave, after Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing Wednesday of a bipartisan plan approved by the Legislature. The measure offers eligible workers 12 weeks paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or for the serious medical condition of the worker or the worker’s family member beginning in 2020, or 16 weeks for a combination of both. An additional two weeks

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Legislative update: Inslee signs historic budget that fully funds education & Paid Family Leave
Gov. Inslee signs Substitute Senate Bill 5883 -  the 2017-2019 Washington State operating budget, June 30, 2017 in Olympia.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the two year operating budget Friday night as the fiscal year came to a close. “I am proud to sign a historic budget that fully funds our schools for the first time in more than 30 years,” Inslee said. “This budget, at long last, meets our constitutional obligations to fully fund basic education, and addresses the responsibilities we have under the McCleary decision to equitably fund our schools.” The governor was joined

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How Repeal of the ACA Will Hurt Older Americans

  With a new Congress and administration taking control, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are under threat, and with them, the safety and security of adults over age 50 will be harmed.   http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/How-Repeal-of-the-ACA-will-Hurt-Older-Americans.pdf

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Health Care coverage offered to Grays Harbor and Klickitat Counties
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  Earlier this month when insurers submitted their 2018 coverage plans to the Insurance Commissioner’s office, none offered to cover Klickitat and Grays Harbor counties for individual health care plans. Johnson, R-Yakima, said he’s been working with Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, chair of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, and stateInsurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler to address the potential lack of coverage in Klickitat

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From the Office of Financial Management: ACA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been life-changing for Washington state and its residents. The ACA’s broad ranging effects have benefited Washington’s residents, health industry and the state on many levels.   http://www.ofm.wa.gov/healthcare/default.asp

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