Author Archive of Waseniorlobby

Yes, It’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.

It’s not just you. Those pesky robocalls — at best annoying disturbances and at worst costly financial scams — are getting worse. In an age when cellphones have become extensions of our bodies, robocallers now follow people wherever they go, disrupting business meetings, church services and bedtime stories with their children.     https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/your-money/robocalls-rise-illegal.html

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May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

It's Skin Cancer Awareness Month, when all of us are urged to self-examine our skin and go to a doctor if we find any sign of the most malignant form of skin cancer. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. One in five people will develop skin cancer by age 70. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/melanoma-monday-protecting-your-family-from-skin-cancer/

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Making Retirement Security Real for Everyone

  "We can never insure one hundred percent of the population against one hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age."-- President Roosevelt upon signing Social Security Act http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/retirement-security-social-security-PSARA.pdf

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Social security Is Looking Like A Pretty Good Investment These Days

In 2005, President George W. Bush attempted to partially privatize Social Security. He centered his argument for this change on the claim that people would fare better investing in asset markets than contributing to Social Security. The privatization push proved highly unpopular, as research from EPI and others highlighted the high transition costs and investment risks. Nevertheless, the belief that Social Security amounts to a low-risk but low-return

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Medicare’s great by U.S. standards. Compared to others, not so much.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/medicare-s-great-u-s-standards-compared-others-not-so-n821226

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Weak federal oversight endangers health and safety of assisted living residents

GAO report shines a long-overdue light on Medicaid-funded assisted living. Federal funding of assisted living is large and growing, but to this point the federal government has not adequately ensured the quality of assisted living care. This lack of oversight has had tragic consequences for an unfortunately large number of older Americans. The GAO report was requested by a bipartisan group of senators, and its publication should prompt Congress

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ALTSA – MILLIMAN- LTSS FEASIBILITY STUDY OF POLICY OPTIONS FOR LONG TERM SERVICES AND CARE

Why support the Long-Term Care Trust Act? At some point, most of us will need some extra assistance as we age. Unfortunately, almost no one is saving enough to pay for the long-term care we need. With a rapidly expanding senior population, we need to address this growing financial crisis facing Washington’s families. The Long-Term Care Trust Act, can fix this problem. This bill creates a funding system that would help workers and retirees pay for

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Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8

As consumers face rapidly rising drug costs, states across the country are moving to block “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacists from telling customers that they could save money by paying cash for prescription drugs rather than using their health insurance. Many pharmacists have expressed frustration about such provisions in their contracts with the powerful companies that manage drug benefits for insurers and employers. The clauses force

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Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water

To ensure that tap water in the United States is safe to drink, the federal government has been steadily tightening the health standards for the nation’s water supplies for decades. But over and over again, local water systems around the country have failed to meet these requirements. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that, since 1982, between 3 and 10 percent of the country’s

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A new milestone: 1 million senior drivers on Washington state roads

  The number of Washington state drivers age 65 or older has surged since 2010 by 41 percent — and at nearly three times the overall rate of increase among licensed drivers here.   https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/a-new-milestone-1-million-senior-drivers-on-washington-state-roads/

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‘Long overdue’ Alzheimer’s planner helps anyone figure out next steps

Advanced directives generally aren’t given much attention until a medical crisis descends on an individual or family. A University of Washington doctor decided to change things up. Barak Gaster, a primary-care physician at the UW School of Medicine, came up with a five-page summary of options for those who want to get ahead of an Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis. His Health Directive for Dementia, available for download free online, http://bit.ly/2naq3Hi,

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Care Suffers as More Nursing Homes Feed Money Into Corporate Webs

Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Memphis is part of a chain of businesses that produced $145 million in revenue over eight years, from which the owners and their families’ trusts took 28 percent in distributions. In what has become an increasingly common business arrangement, owners of nursing homes outsource a wide variety of goods and services to companies in which they have a financial interest or that they control. Nearly three-quarters

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Population of Americans with Alzheimer’s will more than double by 2060, UCLA study shows

About 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment by 2060, up from approximately 6.08 million this year, according to a new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The findings highlight the need to develop measures that could slow the progression of the disease in people who have indications of neuropathological changes that could eventually lead to Alzheimer’s dementia,

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Gov Inslee Urges State Congressional Delegation to Reject GOP Tax Plan

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

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

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

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

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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