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Attorney General Says 225 Charged in Elder Fraud Sweep

The nation’s top law enforcement official on Thursday announced the largest-ever crackdown on fraud against older Americans, highlighting a yearlong effort that led to criminal charges against 225 people here and abroad. Largest-ever sweep of elder fraud cases

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2019 WA Legislative Town Halls

As of March 8, 2019 Several members of the Washington State Legislature return back to district during the Legislative Session to participate in town halls where they can talk to their constituents about what is going on in the Legislature and how they feel about many of the issues that are being debated. Schedule of Town Halls by district  

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AARP Senate Finance Committee Nursing Home Statement March 2019

AARP has been deeply concerned over recent reports and evidence of dangerous conditions in nursing homes across the country.  This is their letter to the Senate Finance Committee.    

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For American Workers, 4 Key Retirement Issues to Watch in 2019

It’s going to be a busy year in Washington and state capitals for policymakers working to improve the retirement security of millions of Americans.

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Dementia Is Getting Some Very Public Faces

Stigma often prevents patients from acknowledging an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. A series of high-profile disclosures may help change that.    

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Affordable Housing Is Disappearing. These Mobile Home Residents Are Fighting to Protect Theirs

Mobile home park residents, most of whom own their trailers but rent the land beneath them, have always been among America’s most vulnerable low-income homeowners. But since the 2008 financial crisis, and as an aging generation of mom-and-pop park owners cashes out, a new breed of investors bent on raising rents to increase returns has bought up a growing share of the market. Link to article    

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2018 Fall Conference Recap

  The Washington State Senior Citizens’ Foundation held their 2018 Fall Conference on Thursday October 11, 2018 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.   We had 385 people including speakers attend the 2018 Fall Conference.  We had high overall evaluations of 4.7 with 5 being very satisfied.   The Sponsors\Exhibitors were: Adult Family Home Council of Washington, AARP Washington, Alzheimer’s Association, ARCORA Foundation, Association Senior

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2018 Fall Conference Online With TVW

TVW is airing  the 2018 Senior Lobby Foundation Fall Conference TVW may plug in segments of the conference in some of the generic "Washington State News and Public Affairs" slots.   Below are the online links to all of the sessions: 8:30 Opening session: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2018101030 Introductions with Walt Bowen & Bob Le Roy 2018-2019 Legislative Key Issues Rep Strom Peterson, Rep. Steve Tharinger, Sen. Karen Keiser, Cathleen

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Aging & Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) List of Acronyms

ALTSA has updated (October 2018) acronyms used by their agency.   Click "read more" for the list posted here

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8 Questions About Social Security Answered as Election Day Nears

Every two years, voters — whether they already count on the program, expect to or question paying into it — try to make sense of competing claims about it. It’s that time again - It’s no wonder that Social Security is politically contentious. The program’s reach is vast: More than 175 million workers contribute to it with every paycheck, and about 43 million retirees collect monthly benefits. For three in five older Americans, those checks

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Senior ranks rise 
at local food banks

Last year, 210,925 seniors sought help from food banks statewide; that was a nearly 7 percent increase over 2016 and accounted for more than 18 percent of the nearly 1.2 million food-bank recipients statewide, according to the state Department of Agricultural’s year-end report. The increases are even larger in Yakima County, where recent data shows the number of seniors seeking food assistance steadily climbing.   http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/senior-ranks-rise-at-local-food-banks/article_519e5604-a1d9-11e8-bef8-57ff5ee431b6.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

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Washington State Launches Online Tool To Compare Prices for Medical Procedures

Washington joins five other states in providing consumer-friendly data about health care cost, quality in their communities. If you or a loved one needed knee replacement surgery, would you want to know which surgeon in your community has the highest rating for quality of care? Would you like to know how much a knee replacement costs, on average, at all of the medical offices close to your home? Go to:   https://medium.com/wagovernor/washington-launches-new-online-tool-that-lets-patients-easily-compare-prices-for-medical-procedures-a54e78b74be9

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America’s elderly losing $37B a year to fraud schemes

  Elder financial abuse is a type of elder abuse in which misappropriation of financial resources or abusive use of financial control, in the context of a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, causes harm to an older person. See below:             https://www.vbjusa.com/focus-sections/accounting-and-finance/americas-elderly-losing-37b-a-year-to-fraud-schemes/    

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2018 DSHS Town Hall Meetings With Sec Cheryl Strange

Secretary Cheryl Strange is hosting Town Hall Meetings for our service providers. Vendors, partners and stakeholders are being invited statewide. She wants to know what DSHS is doing well, what the agency can do better, and what is important to our partners as we work together to transform lives.   Go to the link below for dates, times and locations: http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/18-0532-town-hall-flyer-orange-top-youre-invited.pdf

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Yes, It’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.

It’s not just you. Those pesky robocalls — at best annoying disturbances and at worst costly financial scams — are getting worse. In an age when cellphones have become extensions of our bodies, robocallers now follow people wherever they go, disrupting business meetings, church services and bedtime stories with their children.     https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/your-money/robocalls-rise-illegal.html

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Making Retirement Security Real for Everyone

  "We can never insure one hundred percent of the population against one hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age."-- President Roosevelt upon signing Social Security Act http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/retirement-security-social-security-PSARA.pdf

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Social security Is Looking Like A Pretty Good Investment These Days

In 2005, President George W. Bush attempted to partially privatize Social Security. He centered his argument for this change on the claim that people would fare better investing in asset markets than contributing to Social Security. The privatization push proved highly unpopular, as research from EPI and others highlighted the high transition costs and investment risks. Nevertheless, the belief that Social Security amounts to a low-risk but low-return

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Weak federal oversight endangers health and safety of assisted living residents

GAO report shines a long-overdue light on Medicaid-funded assisted living. Federal funding of assisted living is large and growing, but to this point the federal government has not adequately ensured the quality of assisted living care. This lack of oversight has had tragic consequences for an unfortunately large number of older Americans. The GAO report was requested by a bipartisan group of senators, and its publication should prompt Congress

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ALTSA – MILLIMAN- LTSS FEASIBILITY STUDY OF POLICY OPTIONS FOR LONG TERM SERVICES AND CARE

Why support the Long-Term Care Trust Act? At some point, most of us will need some extra assistance as we age. Unfortunately, almost no one is saving enough to pay for the long-term care we need. With a rapidly expanding senior population, we need to address this growing financial crisis facing Washington’s families. The Long-Term Care Trust Act, can fix this problem. This bill creates a funding system that would help workers and retirees pay for

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Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8

As consumers face rapidly rising drug costs, states across the country are moving to block “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacists from telling customers that they could save money by paying cash for prescription drugs rather than using their health insurance. Many pharmacists have expressed frustration about such provisions in their contracts with the powerful companies that manage drug benefits for insurers and employers. The clauses force

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