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Senior Lobby Updates

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 names Cheryl Strange secretary of DSHS

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Cheryl Strange secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services. Strange has served as chief executive officer of Western State Hospital since April 2016. Strange replaces acting DSHS secretary Bill Moss. “DSHS serves many of our state’s most vulnerable adults and children. Cheryl brings the strategic management skills needed to head up this agency, and also works with an inspiring level of compassion and care,”

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Washington AG Ferguson sues Trump EPA over Chemical Disaster Rule

// // // // // // The Trump administration has repeatedly blocked a key industry safety measure -- the Chemical Disaster Rule -- from going into effect. Eleven attorneys general including Washington AG Bob Ferguson are headed to federal court to un-block it. The rule stems from a Texas disaster -- the West Fertilizer Plant explosion that killed 12 first responders -- and was influenced by the 2010 Tesoro refinery explosion in Anacortes that killed

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Blame flies as Washington Legislature adjourns 3rd special session

  Amid disagreements and accusations of game-playing, a two-year capital budget that would have spent more than $4 billion on projects across the state failed to get through.   http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/blame-flies-as-washington-legislature-adjourns-3rd-special-session/

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Legislative update: Inslee signs historic budget that fully funds education & Paid Family Leave

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the two year operating budget Friday night as the fiscal year came to a close. “I am proud to sign a historic budget that fully funds our schools for the first time in more than 30 years,” Inslee said. “This budget, at long last, meets our constitutional obligations to fully fund basic education, and addresses the responsibilities we have under the McCleary decision to equitably fund our schools.” The governor was joined

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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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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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Brisk walks may slow dementia

Exercise may bolster the brain function and thinking skills of people with dementia, according to a new report. The study's findings suggest that walking a few times per week might alter the trajectory of the disease and improve the physical well-being of people who develop a common form of age-related memory loss that otherwise has few treatments. http://www.executivestyle.com.au/brisk-walks-may-slow-dementia-gwfy0u

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Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness are the single most important activity that adults can do to stay active and reduce their chance of falling. The entire curriculum of activities in the SAIL Program can help improve strength and balance, if done regularly. SAIL is usually offered 2-3 times a week in a one hour

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Bea Rector has accepted the position of Acting Assistant Secretary for ALTSA

Bea Rector is the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) in Washington state.  ALTSA administers long-term services and supports to low income seniors and individuals with disabilities; a system which is ranked in the AARP Scorecard as 2nd in the nation for its home and community-based service options. Prior to her appointment to Acting Assistant Secretary, Bea worked in the Home and Community Services

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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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We’re Not Ready For Aging

"We’re not ready for the aging" BY JERRY REILLY Whether we like it or not, it’s going to happen to all of us — and few are thinking about it or planning for it. We will all age. And at some point, 70 percent of us will need help with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and transportation. As Washington residents, we’re fortunate. We live in a state that’s created an effective and efficient long-term care system. The backbone

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Washington Healthplanfinder Enrollment Exceeds 200,000

To access the data behind this report, please click below on "Health Coverage Enrollment Report". OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that as of this April, more than 204,000 Washington Healthplanfinder customers have enrolled in a 2017 Qualified Health Plan during the most recent open enrollment period – a 23 percent jump over the previous year. This announcement supplements the release of the Exchange’s

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State can save with long-term care insurance

Thurston County, and the state of Washington as a whole, is getting older. The Baby Boom generation once represented the freedom of youth. But now, as this huge population cohort moves into retirement age, they represent something very different for the state: a fiscal nightmare. Nationally, there are 75 million Baby Boomers, and they began reaching the age of 65 in 2011. Across the country, over the next 20 years 10,000 Boomers a day will reach

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From The Governor: How the AHCA would impact folks in Washington State

Governor Inslee and Commissioner Kreidler created several charts demonstrating the Washington-specific impact. And as shown below:  

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2017 Senior Citizens’ Lobby Day

A very successful 2017 Senior Lobby Day was held on Thursday, February 23,2017 at United Churches, 110 11th Ave Se, Olympia, WA from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm with 320 attendees. The Agenda for the 2017 Senior Lobby Day included several well-known speakers on issues such as Healthcare, Budget, Revenue, Long Term Care Support and Services, and Retirement and Pensions.  See a copy of the Agenda. Thank you to all who participated and supported us in making

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Put long-term care within reach

WHEN it comes to Washington’s aging population, time is not on our side. It’s a fact of life that as we age, most of us are going to need long-term care at some point. These services are not covered by Medicare and cost between $50,000 and $100,000 a year on average.     http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/put-long-term-care-within-reach/

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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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2016 Final Report of the Aging & Disability Joint Legislative Executive Committee

The purpose of the committee is to identify key strategic actions to prepare for the aging of the population in Washington, including state budget and policy options, by conducting at least, but not limited to, the following tasks: (i) Establish a profile of Washington's current population of older people and people with disabilities and a projection of population growth through 2030; (ii) Establish an inventory of services and supports currently

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2016 FALL CONFERENCE

The 2016 Fall Conference of the Washington state Senior Citizens' Foundation was held October 27th at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. Presentations marked with * can be accessed by clicking where indicated.  Read more  

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