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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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Kreidler: Premera will offer health plans in Grays Harbor County in 2018

Insurance Commissioner Kreidler announced that Premera Blue Cross will offer two individual health plans to consumers in Grays Harbor County in 2018. “Following repeated discussions, I am pleased that Premera Blue Cross has decided to offer two individual health plans to consumers in Grays Harbor County in 2018. This is welcome news for that community. “The plans will be offered through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, where consumers

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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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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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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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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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Aetna’s $37 Billion Humana Takeover Blocked by Judge

Aetna Inc.’s $37 billion deal to buy rival insurer Humana Inc. was blocked by a federal judge, thwarting one of two large mergers that would reshape the U.S. health-care landscape. Aetna said it was considering an appeal. The transaction would violate antitrust laws by reducing competition among insurers, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington ruled on Monday. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Aetna owes Humana a $1 billion breakup

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Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) Report

Linked below is the report given by Bill Moss, Assistant Secretary, ALTSA DSHS, to the Legislature on January 17, 2017. ALTSA report

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Older Adults Are Still Skipping Vaccinations

It’s an ongoing and vexing public health problem: People once vigilant about vaccinating their children aren’t nearly as careful about protecting themselves as they age, even though diseases like influenza, pneumonia and shingles (a.k.a. herpes zoster) are particularly dangerous for older people.   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/health/shingles-vaccine.html?mabReward=CTM&recp=4&action=click&pgtype=Homepage®ion=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine

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Medicare Proposal Takes Aim at Diabetes

The Obama administration plans  to propose expanding Medicare to cover programs to prevent diabetes among millions of people at high risk of developing the disease, marking the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with the prospect of a new benefit, federal officials said.   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/23/us/politics/medicare-proposal-takes-aim-at-diabetes.html?action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=Marginalia&pgtype=article

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Retirees Need $130,000 Just to Cover Health Care, Study Finds

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Today's 65-year-olds can expect to spend an average of $130,000 on health care during their retirement, from premiums to co-payments to eyeglasses, according to new estimates. The average single 65-year-old woman can expect to need $135,000 to spend on health care in retirement, while a man will spend $125,000, according to estimates from Fidelity Investments. (The difference is because the woman is expected

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New Medicare Law to Notify Patients of Loophole in Nursing Home Coverage

WASHINGTON — In November, after a bad fall, 85-year-old Elizabeth Cannon was taken to a hospital outside Philadelphia for six and a half days of “observation,” followed by nearly five months at a nearby nursing home for rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. The cost: more than $40,000. The hospital insisted that Ms. Cannon had never been formally admitted there as an inpatient, so under federal rules, Medicare would not pay for her nursing

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Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score High In Medicare Rankings

The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation's best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to many unheralded ones.   http://kplu.org/post/many-well-known-hospitals-fail-score-high-medicare-rankings

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No Hearing Aid? Some Gizmos Offer Alternative to ‘Speak Up!’

"F.D.A.-regulated P.S.A.P.s (personal sound amplification products) might represent a simpler, cheaper solution." An estimated one zillion older people have a problem like mine. First: We notice age-related hearing loss. A much-anticipated report on hearing health from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine last month put the prevalence at more than 45 percent of those aged 70 to 74, and more than 80 percent among those over

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Keeping a busy schedule may benefit the brain

One of the best ways to keep your brain sharp as you get older may be to stay busy, according to new research. While scientists have previously recommended engaging in mentally challenging activities, a new study suggests that keeping a packed schedule may offer similar benefits. http://time.com/4341680/busy-brain-cognitive-function-aging/?xid=emailshare

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