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Senior Lobby Updates

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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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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Divided America: Easy retirement? Only for a privileged few

Most U.S. households are heading for a worse lifestyle in retirement than they had while they were working, because they simply aren't saving enough, experts say. Thirty-five percent of households in their prime earning years or later have nothing saved in a retirement account and no access to a traditional pension, according to an AP analysis of savings data from the Federal Reserve. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a0f8d3ab3aed48b2809f3081e2361336/divided-america-easy-retirement-only-privileged-few

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Surprise Medical Billing

Surprise billing happens when you are treated by a medical provider at a hospital or facility that you believe is in your health plan's network. On top of paying your expected out-of-pocket costs, you're also charged the difference between what your insurer has agreed to pay your provider and what your provider believes the service was worth. This amount could be hundreds or thousands of dollars. “Consumers have been caught in the middle of these

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Elder Fraud and Financial Exploitation

Elder fraud is an act targeting older adults in which attempts are made to deceive with promises of goods, services, or financial benefits that do not exist, were never intended to be provided, or were misrepresented. Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an older adult's funds or property. In addition to the resources listed below, please visit the Department of Justice's Elder Justice website, which contains information for victims,

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SENIORS’ ORAL HEALTH

At Washington Dental Service Foundation, the mission is to eliminate oral disease and improve overall health.  With an emphasis on prevention and access to early care, the WDS Foundation supports innovative approaches and practical solutions to improve oral - and overall - health. Healthy teeth and gums are important for good overall health at every age. http://seniorsoralhealth.org/?doing_wp_cron=1456870200.2821650505065917968750

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Seniors Decide 2016

Seniors Decide 2016 is a forum developed by the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations to provide a fair and unbiased platform for sharing the views of candidates for President of the United States on policies and programs affecting older Americans. The 72 member organizations that make up the LCAO represent a diverse membership of older Americans and their caregivers, and professionals engaged in the public policy arena. IF YOU COULD ASK THE

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