Business and Finance

Senior Lobby Updates

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"    

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Understanding Washington State Taxes

To help you evaluate fiscal issues in our state, review the excellent guides listed below, prepared by the Washington State Senate's non-partisan staff. "A Citizen's Guide to Washington State Budget" "A Legislative Guide to Washington State Property Taxes" "A Citizen's Guide to Washington State K-12 Finance" "Legislative Guide to Washington State's Tax Structure"    

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Get Fit Your Way – Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness

SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise program for active older adults.  You may already have a SilverSneakers membership.  One out of five people 65 and older are eligible for this fitness benefit if they are a member of a group retiree plan or part of a Medicare health plan.   For more information and to find a location close to you, go to: http://www.silversneakers.com/  

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Now is the time to do something about gun violence

The American people want action.  If even one child's life can be saved, then we need to act.  Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love. Please click on Now is the time to do something about gun violence

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Social Security Turns 79–and Still Going Strong

Happy 79th birthday, Social Security. As we celebrate Social Security's anniversary, let's remember is has never missed a check. Despite claims it is going broke.  Social Security is financially sound, despite the recession, high unemployment and stagnation of workers' income across the board.  It has provided insurance against loss of wages for seniors and people with disabilities and pays out benefits in the form of survivor benefits to children

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