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2017 LEG BILLS

The Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby has voted to Support the following Bills:

HB 1028 – 2017-18

Reducing air pollution associated with asphalt production in urban areas.

HB 1047 – 2017-18

Protecting the public’s health by creating a system for safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications.

 

HB 1048 – 2017-18

Promoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling.

HB 1044 • 2017-18

Concerning the funding of homeownership projects through the housing trust fund.

HB 1116 – 2017-18

Implementing family and medical leave insurance.

HB 1264 – 2017-18

Specifying medical assistancecoverage for hearing devices for adults.

SB 5574 – 2017-18

Concerning the maintenance and disclosure of health care declarations.

HB 1570 – 2017-18

Concerning access to homeless housing and assistance.

HB 1763  – 2017-18

Modifying the property tax exemption for property used to provide housing for eligible persons with developmental disabilities.

HB 1139 – 2017-18  / SB 5447

Concerning the methods of services provided by the office of public guardianship.

HB 1153 -2017-18  /SB  5099

Concerning crimes against vulnerable persons.

SB 5013 2017-18

Concerning the disposition of tenant property placed upon the nearest public property.

HB 1772 – 2017-18 / SB5118

Increasing the personal needs allowance for persons receiving state-financed care.

HB 1402 – 2017-18

Concerning the rights and obligations associated with incapacitated persons and other vulnerable adults.

SB 5577 – 2017-18

Concerning the rights and obligations associated with incapacitated persons and other vulnerable adults.

SB 5691–  2017-18

Modifying or terminating  a guardianship when a less restrictive alternative Is available to provide for the needs of an incapacitated person.

SB 5574  2017-18

Concerning the maintenance and disclosure of health care declarations.

SB 5181 – 2017-18

Notifying residents of long-term care facilities that they may install and conduct electronic monitoring in their rooms.

HB 1792 – 2017-18

Establishing a fee for certification for the residential services and supports program to cover investigative costs.

HB 1322 – 2017-18  /SB 5360

Reducing training requirements for developmental disability respite providers working three hundred hours or less in any calendar year.

HB 1636 – 2017-18

Establishing a program to fund long-term services and supports.

 HB 1484 – 2017-18 / SB 5556

Providing an enhanced retirement  benefit for public employees’ and teachers’ retirement system plans 1.

HB 1560 – 2017-18

Addressing plan membership default provisions in the public employees’ retirement system, the teachers’ retirement system, and the school employees’ retirement system.

HB 1232 – 2017-18 / SB 5395

Concerning the timing and content of disclosures by continuing care retirement communities.

HB 1763 – 2017-18

Modifying the property tax exemption for property used to provide housing for eligible persons with developmental disabilities.

HB 1633 2017-18 /SB 5407

Concerning the preservation of housing options for tenants.

The Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby has voted to Oppose the following Bills:

HB 1004 – 201718

Protecting the constitutionally  guaranteed right to the lawful possession of firearms during a state of emergency

HB 1015 – 201718

Prohibiting restrictions on the carrying of a concealed pistol by persons with a valid concealed pistol license In certain facilities.

HB 1383 – 2017-18/ SB 5060

Concerning the number of adult family homes permitted in residential neighborhoods. HB

SB 2027 – 2017-18

Concerning the regulation of adult family homes.

SB 5656– 201718

Concerning the goal of ending homelessness.

SB 5569 – 2017-18

Concerning protected classes in housing.

 

2017 Budget Requests

Implement   the 2017 priorities outlined in the December 2016 report of the Joint Legislative Executive Committee   (JLEC} on Aging & Disability Issues.  Implementation will require thoughtful   discussion   about the state  budget to meet the needs of current  and future generations  of vulnerable  Washingtonians.

Reauthorize  the J LEC .

$5.18 million for AAA case managers ($10.4 million with federal match).  Necessary to reduce client ration to 75:1 (same as DDD) to assure safety and well-being of clients cared for in home instead of nursing homes.  Almost half of clients have dementia/behavioral health problems as well as severe physical limitations.    Current   ratio is 85-90:1,   case managers are spread too thin to visit clients at home to assure quality care.

 

$1.4 million reinvestment of CMS shared savings for HCA Health Homes care coordination rates.   Care coordinators   help dual-eligible patients get medical care they need, avoiding health crises and hospitalization.    This program  saved $21 million  in first  year, and CMS is  sending  $11 million  back to Washington  State under shared  savings agreement  (including  $3.6 million  not yet booked).   We request $1.4 million reinvestment to reach break-even vendor rate.  Without increase, the program  will not have staff to expand to King and Snohomish counties,  and may lose current  providers, jeopardizing  the increase in future  shared  savings. The federal shared savings payment should arrive within the fiscal year.

 

Increase the funding for the Long Term Care Ombudsman by $350,000, allowing the program to better serve the 72,000 people in long-term care facilities.

 

RSVP is part of National Senior Corps and engages, manages, and recognizes Washington   State volunteers age 55+ to address critical community needs.   For 26 years,  RSVP has  received funding  from the Department  of Commerce of $612,000  per biennium  and that funding  has been eliminated  from  the Governor’s  2017/18  budget  proposal.   We request that the funding be maintained.

 

 

 

 

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