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Senior Lobby Updates

Gov Inslee Urges State Congressional Delegation to Reject GOP Tax Plan

Governor Inslee sent a letter November 14, 2017 to the Washington State congressional delegation urging them to reject the Republication tax proposals being rushed through Congress.  The governor's letter, and a twelve-page memo that accompanied it, detailed a number of ways the tax plan would adversely impact Washington State. Open letter by clicking the link below:   http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/Letter-from-Gov-1.pdf

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Toast for dinner? Senior malnutrition: a silent epidemic

My elderly parents often resort to making toast when no one is around to make meals for them. Once a week, my sister will bring them over to her house for a big meal and send them home with leftovers. Other days my brother brings them a steady stream of casseroles. But on the days that no one stops by, it’s just them and the toaster. And sometimes they can’t even manage toast.   http://www.theolympian.com/opinion/article184675603.html

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OIC and Washington Health Benefit Exchange Market Stabilization Project

Washington state's individual health insurance market has seen a trend of increasing premiums and insurance companies pulling back from offering health plans in certain counties. As a result, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange engaged the actuarial firm Wakely to do an analysis of state-based options to stabilize the individual market for 2019. The analysis focused on two reinsurance program

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TVW Air Schedule for 2017 Senior Foundation Fall Conference

TVW is airing the 2017 Senior Foundation Fall Conference this week every day at 6 pm throughout the week (Oct 30 to Nov 5).  After this week, the broadcast of the Conference will occur periodically throughout the month of November.   This is the link to the TVW schedule          

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2017 Fall Conference Recap

The Washington State Senior Citizens’ Foundation held their 2017 Fall Conference on Thursday October 19, 2017 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.   We had 380 people including speakers attend the 2017 Fall Conference. Thank you for your support for the 2017 Fall Conference. We could not sponsor such a successful conference of this size and complexity without the Sponsorships, the Volunteers, the Speakers, the Attendance and the Participation of

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Family of 4 needs $76,000 just to ‘scrape by’ in Seattle, new UW report says

The amount a family of four needs to scrape by in Seattle has risen 86 percent since 2001, and has increased at more than twice the rate of the Consumer Price Index. Diana Pearce has been calculating these basic-needs thresholds — it’s called the Self-Sufficiency Standard — since 2001. At that time, the state workforce programs, which help unemployed people become self-sufficient, had set a uniform wage goal for the whole state.   https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/report-family-of-4-needs-76000-just-to-scrape-by-in-seattle/

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Gov. Inslee and Ins. Commissioner Kreidler to WA Congressional Delegation

This is a letter from Governor Inslee and Insurance Commissioner Kreidler to the Washington Congressional Delegation urging them to to oppose the proposed Cassidy-Graham legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  This letter outlines the  dramatic adverse impacts this legislation would have on our State. Inslee-Kreidler ltr to Delegation re Cassidy-Graham repeal bill

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ALTSA’s 2018 Request Legislation fact sheets

At the Lobby October meeting, Kristi Knudsen/ Legislative & Policy Analyst / Office of the Assistant Secretary, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, presented ALTSA's 2018 Request Legislation. 2018 DSHS Fact Sheet Unexpected Death of Sole Provider   2018 DSHS Agency Request Fact Sheet -Evacuation Standards   2018 DSHS-ALTSA Agency Request Fact Sheet -Willful Fact Sheet

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New Medicare cards are on the way

Changes are coming to your Medicare card. By April 2019, your card will be replaced with one that no longer shows your Social Security number. Instead, your card will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claim status.   https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/05/new-medicare-cards-are-way

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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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