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PBS NewsHour report On Easing Burden For Caregivers

For the 42 million Americans who take care of loved ones at home, the responsibilities of care -- once the purview of trained nurses -- have become increasingly complex. AARP has begun to advocate for greater caregiver support through public policy and legislation, but the health care industry may be wary of additional regulation. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/advocating-care-home-caregivers/ Two

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Committee On Aging and Disability Issues Final Report

JLEC Final Report (click to read) The Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability Issues (Committee) was established in the 2013-15 operating budget. The Committee was charged with the responsibility to identify strategic actions to prepare for the aging of Washington's population by: 1.Establishing a profile of Washington's older population and population with disabilities and a projectionof those populations through 2030; 2.Establishing

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Proceed carefully in pushing insurance companies to cover sickest patients

The health care overhaul, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) prevents insurers from rejecting customers with expensive pre-existing medical conditions. Yet, insurance companies have figured out ways to discourage those expensive patients from buying their insurance.   http://union-bulletin.com/news/2014/sep/07/proceed-carefully-pushing-insurance-companies-cove/

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Medicare Star Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System

  Medicare’s Skewed Star System A 5-star rating system of nursing homes begun in 2009 is intended to provide consumers with a way to measure quality. A home’s rating is based on three criteria: its performance on annual health inspections, its staffing levels and its performance on quality indicators that are collected for every patient. But only the health inspections are performed by the government; the other two are reported by the homes. 

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Aging & Disability Services Administration (ADSA)

Serving adults with chronic illnesses or conditions and people of all ages with developmental disabilities. For More, see http://www.aasa.dshs.wa.gov/

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*New Associate Member of the Senior Lobby

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) DRW is a private, non-profit organization that protect the rights of people with disabilities statewide.  Their mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities.  DRW works to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.  DRW provides free advocacy services to people with disabilites.  Contact DRW for: Disability rights information and referrals

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2010 An Analysis of Medicaid for Americans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A Case for Inclusion, see Analysis We release this report in the context of a nation struggling with the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression. States have been challenged to close unprecedented budget deficits over the past two years and are projected to have similar enormous budget deficits for the next two to three years. Given these factors, this 2010 report needs to be taken in context. Data for this year's report is mostly

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