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Acidification Harms Oceans – The Columbian editorial
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When it comes to ocean acidification, the state of Washington is in damage-control mode. There is little doubt such acidification has — and will — take a toll on the state's economy; the question is, at what cost?  Read more http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/aug/21/in-our-view-acidification-harms-oceans/

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What’s Troubling Mental Health?
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These are the next steps for Washington state on mental-health challenges, found through months of conversations with mental-health professionals, policymakers, elected officials and the people who have been caught without the help they need — people with mental illness, and their families.  See the Seattle Times editorial conversation on mental-health challenges:  http://seattletimes.com/html/editorialsopinionpages/2024321014_whatstroublingmentalhealthcare.html

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Get Fit Your Way – Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness
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SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise program for active older adults.  You may already have a SilverSneakers membership.  One out of five people 65 and older are eligible for this fitness benefit if they are a member of a group retiree plan or part of a Medicare health plan.   For more information and to find a location close to you, go to: http://www.silversneakers.com/  

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Washington is a political testing ground on gun safety

Seattle has become the first city in America to see simultaneous vigils for gun violence victims, a touchstone in a country where multiple shootings in tranquil places like coffee houses and college campuses have become a regular part of life. To read more, click here

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Medicare Should Cover Low-Dose CT Screening For Lung Cancer
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LUNG-cancer screening with low-dose CT scans could save up to 18,000 lives annually among those at high risk for the disease.

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Washington is a political testing ground on gun safety
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“Seattle is not unique, it is not immune: Our nation faces an epidemic of gun violence . . . We stand here at the end of a week where three good young men, who were excited about their futures, are now dead,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who was at SPU and later at the Leschi vigil. Read more, click here http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2014/06/06/seattle-is-a-city-of-gun-violence-vigils-washington-is-a-political-testing-ground-on-gun-safety/#21728101=0

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Special Guest Speaker – Congressman Denny Heck

Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby meeting - April 21, 2014 10:15 - 11:00 - 45 min The Senior Lobby is honored to have Congressman Denny Heck as our guest speaker at our Monday, April 21, 2014 meeting. He will speak on Federal Issues; Health Care, Social Security, Transportation, & Housing. We will start the meeting at 10:00, so please arrive promptly. We look forward to seeing you.

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Now is the time to do something about gun violence
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The American people want action.  If even one child's life can be saved, then we need to act.  Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love. Please click on Now is the time to do something about gun violence

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The New York Times Retirement, Special Section

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The Oldest old: Reaching 90 more likely than ever
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For More, see The rolls of America's oldest are surging

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Aging in Place
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Most Americans over 50 prefer the idea of remaining in their homes, but doing it well requires good fortune and support services.   For More, see Forgoing retirement homes

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Seattle Times’ adult-family-home investigation wins national award

Seattle Times staff reporter Michael J. Berens won a national award for health-care reporting Tuesday for "Seniors for Sale," a series about problems in the state's adult family homes. Berens was awarded first place in the large-newspaper category by the Association of Health Care Journalists. Finalists included The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Adult homes are private residences, licensed by the state, whose owners charge for room

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Delay in Suspending SEIU Training Program

OLYMPIA, March 4.--In one of the most astonishing survival stories ever, a plucky home-care training program backed by one of the state's most influential public-employee labor unions seems to be beating the odds in this year's brutal legislative session. The brand-new program, backed by the Service Employees International Union, is steaming full ahead. In the next two-year budget it will cost taxpayers $55 million. That's about the same cost as

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Home care workers, clients deserve better from state

For years, our state's 43,000 poorly paid home care workers have lived right on the edge of insolvency. Now, harsh new rounds of state budget cuts threaten to push them over that edge entirely. Home care workers care workers do an important -- and difficult -- job. They assist vulnerable low-income seniors and people with disabilities to stay in their homes by helping them dress, clean, bathe, eat, shop, and remember to take their medications.

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DSHS enforcement actions at long-term-care facilities now available on line

The public now has better access to information about the history and performance of state licensed long-term-care facilities through online postings of enforcement actions.   For More, see DSHS website

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Finding Jobs for Mature Workers

Finding work is hard for millions of people in this economy--but even more so for disadvantaged workers aged 55+.  The National council on Aging (NCOA) helps through our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), funded by the U.S. Dept of Labor.  Recently SCSEP opened a office in West Virginia, where staff not only train and place older workers, but also screen them for benefits to help them pay for food, medicine, and more.  For more

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What you pay for Medicare won’t cover your costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - You paid your Medicare taxes all those years and think you deserve your money's worth: full benefits after you retire. Nearly three out of five people say in a recent Associated Press-GfK poll that they paid into the system so their benefits shouldn't be cut. But a newly updated financial analysis shows that what people paid into the system doesn't come close to covering the full value of the medical care they can expect to receive

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Some Doctors asking Medicare Patients to switch plans

Some local doctors, once again faced with a large cut in what the government pays them for treating Medicare patients, are telling senior patients they must switch by year's end to better-paying private Medicare Advantage plans. Paul Williams, 72, was one of about 6,000 patients who recently received a letter from Highline Medical Group, a consortium of 35 doctors in eight clinics in the South Puget Sound area, telling them to switch plans by Jan.

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$281M Cut from State Social Programs ‘Devastating,” Advocates say

Cutting programs for the mentally ill, disabled and poor elderly residents, the state's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) announced Wednesday a wide swath of reductions totaling nearly $281 million and bringing a flood of concern from advocates for the poor and vulnerable. The 6.3 percent across-the-board cuts, some of which will begin in October, include nearly $113 million of state funding for Medicaid programs providing hospice care

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DSHS Vows to Toughen Oversight of State’s Adult Homes

In an attempt to overhaul Washington's adult family-home system, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is seeking new laws to boost the cost of opening new homes, raise training requirements and hike enforcement penalties for violators. In addition, an adult-home-industry group asked DSHS to stop licensing new homes in three key counties -- King, Snohomish and Clark. High vacancy rates are threatening to put dozens of owners out of

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