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New Medicare cards are on the way

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

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 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. 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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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

  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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OIC: How the American Health Care Act Affects Washingtonians

The American Health Care Act (www.congress.gov) passed the House on May 4. It now includes an amendment that gives states a waiver to both remove the essential health benefits and to let insurers charge sicker people more, if the state creates a high-risk pool. https://www.insurance.wa.gov/affordable-care-act

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Hearing Loss is often misunderstood or ignored

  Hearing loss is often misunderstood or ignored, and as a result is often not treated. Yet without hearing assistance, people can experience poor communication and understanding, which can lead to fractured relationships, isolation, an increased risk of illness, and even potential progression to dementia. http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0013qCbtZcsrf8mwd3gKVKYpO4ZTpxuYkJa0DaVk42ziHifxZo5oa003HdahVlsJtY6fanS9aCE0fD8imLgktx6n4PfhmPZ9-Br6O-fzIPpI3Yi4MineC5sJHzYWKr9VQ7xygxsrMOdAdtkm9AdC5g-Cf2Z7eNgL_ihn7gnQu_hlC4ddtFEH9obHCq9qMj1bMcJqq838cn5CLS01EpqFhzWTgUi6cxCk_hUn8b3EN3ReYCxV8tuAPIS-wmS05VW8c25-v904oPB_9Jr-jrI8xryofFjXXDZuzswN-2mxh0OZcq7SR7r9ou6csWia8iNaDQglXWUEQQbBsu2zeQR4fXE0iAeUxRPPPE7t__EPx6mIq4y_a6-J4gHixQOPEGzoTAs-88Wnyjq64TnjxQcDRuYWW1gEraujEN35g7BO11EY7KcgnwDAZccRuwod3UoeO4Wg6X_DsvQDnU=&c=i2UES1v3GQIpPGhnCOdMMqIloMaTauDhrXJL_YIUEC72OFJVymlA_A==&ch=CEdVgyfjCY5-0GsOc-QAXN3SpLdt2V4Y2jw-4rxSI6u3R2E3PYlwzA==

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YOUR GUIDE TO MEDICARE’S PREVENTIVE SERVICES

Now's the time to get the most out of your Medicare. The best way to stay healthy is to live a healthy lifestyle. You can live a healthy lifestyle and prevent disease by exercising, eating well, keeping a healthy weight, and not smoking. Medicare can help.   https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/10110.pdf

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Variations In Life Expectancy and Mortality Rates by State LD, 2012-2014

This is a recent publication from the Health Care Research Center of WA Office of Financial Management.  (please click above)  This is a lengthy report and will take a minute or so to load.

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Facts From the Census Bureau On Older Americans – March 2017

http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/OAM-census.pdf

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Housing is Out of Reach

How Much do you Need to Earn to Afford a Modest Apartment in Your State? Millions of Americans struggle to find affordable rents. In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in the U.S., renters need to earn a wage of $20.30 per hour. In six states and the District of Columbia they need to earn more than $25 per hour. The Housing Wage for a two-bedroom unit is $13.05 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and $4.88 higher than the

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There’s A Lot More To Aging Than A Number

There’s a lot more to aging than a number BY ANNA SCHLECHT As the Baby Boomers rapidly morph into the Elder Boomers, they present some challenging demographics as the first generation of seniors to outnumber their children’s generation. For the first time in history, the number of people over 65 will soon outnumber the people under 5. How will that will that impact our community? This shift is significant by the sheer numbers. Every day, 10,000

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Why an Open Market Won’t Repair American Health Care

  AN AMERICAN SICKNESS How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back A few years back, the future of American health policy appeared to hinge on how similar medical care was to broccoli. It was March 2012, and the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) was before the Supreme Court. Justice Antonin Scalia zeroed in on its controversial requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance. Yes, everybody needs health care,

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How to start expanding dental care for all

The Legislature should expand dental care for more adults, and the place to start is with pregnant women and patients with diabetes. The payoff is improved health and saving taxpayer dollars by preventing expensive medical costs. http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/how-to-start-expanding-dental-care-for-all/

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New rules give nursing home residents more power

About 1.4 million people living in nursing homes across the country can now be more involved in their care under the most wide-ranging revision of federal rules for such facilities in 25 years. The changes reflect a shift toward more “person-centered care,” including requirements for speedy development of care plans, more flexibility and variety in meals and snacks, greater review of a resident’s drug regimen, better security, improved grievance

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SOCIAL JUSTICE WEDNESDAY 8, FEBRUARY 2017 Amid soaring rents, low-income residents win protection

On August 11, 2016, Toya Thomas came home to find a note pinned to her apartment door stating that her lease was being terminated. It was from Calibrate Property Management Company, which had recently taken ownership of the Renton Woods apartment complex. Thomas is a single mother with three children, including a 25-year-old son with special needs. She was given 60 days to vacate the apartment.   http://crosscut.com/2017/02/section-8-low-income-residents-fight-for-tenants-rights/

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REFORM BILL WOULD DRASTICALLY ALTER SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Although it was a largely overlooked issue during the 2016 elections, President-elect Donald Trump was pretty clear during his campaign that he planned to leave Social Security alone. Trump's belief is that America has a pledge to honor in paying retired workers, and it would continue to honor that pledge for years and generations to come. Rather than adjusting specific components of Social Security, Trump aims to grow the economy at a faster pace

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Who Will Care for the Caregivers?

There are some 40 million Americans like my patient’s daughter. Every day, they help a parent, grandparent, relative or neighbor with basic needs: dressing, bathing, cooking, medications or transportation. Often, they do some or all of this while working, parenting, or both. And we — as doctors, employers, friends and extended family — aren’t doing enough to help them. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/upshot/who-will-care-for-the-caregivers.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_up_20170120&nl=upshot&nl_art=2&nlid=71924083&ref=headline&te=1

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Without Obamacare, could the state pick up the slack?

If President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress make good on their promises to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act, there may be little recourse for some low-income Washingtonians, officials in Olympia said this week.   http://crosscut.com/2017/01/without-obamacare-could-the-state-pick-up-the-slack/

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