Business and Finance

Senior Lobby Updates

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

Read more
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:  

Read more
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

Read more
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/

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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  

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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,

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging & Disability Issues – 2015 Addendum Report

This document comprises the first requirement of the Committee: an addendum report due to the legislature by December 10, 2015. The second requirement mandates that the Committee issue final recommendations by December 10, 2016. As required by ESSB 6052, the addendum report to the legislature must include the following: 1. A description of the oversight role for Residential Care Services, the Long-Term Care Ombuds, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Read more
Financial Abuse of the Elderly: Sometimes Unnoticed, Always Predatory

Mariana Cooper, 86,with her granddaughter, Amy Lecoq, 39. Ms. Cooper was bilked out of much of her savings by someone she considered a friend. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times With 10,000 people turning 65 every day for the next decade, a growing pool of retirees are susceptible to such exploitation. As many as one in 20 older adults said they were financially mistreated in the recent past, according to a study financed by the Justice Department.

Read more
The new Washington State Alzheimer’s Plan

The new Washington State Alzheimer's Plan was presented at the 2015 Fall Conference by Bob Le Roy, President and CEO , Alzheimer's Association; Lynne Korte, Dementia Care Program Director, Aging & Long-Term Support Administration, DSHS; and Senator Jeannie Darneille, 27th LD. To see the presentation, go to: October 28 2015 Alzheimer's Plan Presentation for Senior Lobby nn

Read more
Revenue Reforms We Need To Build A Better Future For All Washingtonians

Andy Nicholas, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Washington State Budget & Policy Center, presented "Revenue Reforms We Need To Build A Better Future For All Washingtonians"    

Read more
Medicare & Medicaid Celebrate 50 years!

On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. Though Medicare and Medicaid started as basic health coverage programs for Americans, the programs have evolved over the years to provide more Americans with improved access to quality and affordable health care coverage. These programs have transformed the delivery

Read more
Older Americans Act To Include Oral Healthcare If Amended

For the first time, federal funds for oral health screenings for older Americans will be made available if the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 is enacted.  The bill was amended to include "oral health" as part of routine health screenings. The Older Americans Act provides funding to more 680 state and area agencies on aging and also supports a range of social and nutrition services and programs for nearly 12 million U.S. seniors.

Read more
Advocacy Tools for FY 2016 OAA Appropriations

Dennis Mahar and Cathy Knight, W4A, attended the National (N4A) Conference held in Washington, DC.  Please click on the links below to help renew The Older Americans Act (OAA). Advocacy Tools for FY 2016 OAA Appropriations Join our efforts to increase funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) and other federal programs that support older adults and their caregivers! These materials will assist your grassroots efforts to secure these increases. n4a’s

Read more
New PASS IT ON campaign

The Federal Trade Commission works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.  Their new campaign is Pass It On.  The goal of the Pass It On campaign is to empower older adults to share information about fraud and scams with their family and peers.   http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0030-pass-it-on

Read more