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LISTEN: State ombuds talks about protecting loved ones in long-term care

For months, long-term care facilities in Washington were closed not only to visitors but also to state regulatory authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These facilities were early hotspots, driving the nation's coronavirus death toll this spring. That posed a big problem for the staff and volunteers of Washington's long-term care ombuds office. https://www.knkx.org/post/listen-state-ombuds-talks-about-protecting-loved-ones-long-term-care?utm_source=Crosscut%20Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Crosscut+Daily+20200924+-+READY+ABT

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Mask mandates help reduce COVID, but can make it harder for deaf people to communicate

It's estimated there are about half a million people who are deaf or hard of hearing in Washington and Idaho. Short of everyone wearing face masks with clear windows, or using clear face shields, it can be difficult for them to communicate, even with each other. https://www.inlander.com/spokane/mask-mandates-help-reduce-covid-but-can-make-it-harder-for-deaf-people-to-communicate/Content?oid=20205747

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Social Security Works for Washington State

Social Security improves economic security for more than 1.3 million Washington residents and their families, and contributes significantly to economic stability and growth across the state. While it is currently on sound fiscal footing, federal lawmakers should act now to remove Social Security’s cap on taxable earnings, raise benefits, and make other improvements to ensure it meets the needs of today’s workers, families, and retirees.http://www.opportunityinstitute.org/research/post/social-security-works-for-washington/

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Check out the new Elder Index™!

The Elder Index™ was developed by the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston and measures the income that older adults need to meet their basic needs and age in place with dignity. http://www.advancingstates.org/sites/nasuad/files/Living%20Below%20the%20Line_%20Economic%20Insecurity%20and%20Older%20Americans%20I.pdf

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What is allowed for Long-Term Care Facilities Visitation

According to DSHS and the governor’s office there are new guidelines for visitations to Long Term Care facilities

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Trump promised to pay for Covid care. But patients with long-term symptoms see huge bills.

The Trump administration’s pledge to protect Covid-19 patients from massive medical bills is falling short for a growing number of survivors who experience long-term complications from the virus. Doctors are discovering life-threatening and costly long-term health effects ranging from kidney failure to heart and lung damage. That’s exposing a major gap in the federal government’s strategy for ensuring patients won’t go broke because of a

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LONLINESS AND CAREGIVING

Thousands of Washingtonians care for loved ones with dementia. During the coronavirus pandemic, some have never felt more alone. Meanwhile, Maldowska-Leek is one of the 350,000-plus unpaid family caregivers in Washington supporting a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia during a pandemic that is particularly dangerous for such people — typically in the 65-and-older age group, forgetful of masks and social-distance protocols,

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WA St CORVID-19 RESPONSE Bulletin

Regular updates can be found on DOH’s Public Health Connection blog, or you can subscribe to daily bulletins and other updates from DOH and the state’s Joint Information Center at Camp Murray. https://www.coronavirus.wa.gov/news

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New resources provide COVID-19 information to family members of residents within the care of DSHS

DSHS/ALTSA has a COVID-19 Dashboard which is updated biweekly: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/covid-19-dashboard New resources provide COVID-19 information to family members of residents within the care of DSHS  OLYMPIA – The Department of Social and Health Services is offering new resources during the COVID-19 response for people with loved ones within in a DSHS owned, operated, or community facility. These resources help people get information

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Coronavirus and health insurance if you’re working and age 65 plus – Office of Insurance Commissioner/SHIBA

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, did you lose your group health insurance through your job or your spouse’s job and you’re age 65 or older?  If so, you, or someone you know in the same situation, will want to enroll in Medicare coverage right away as you most likely qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (www.medicare.gov). https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAOIC/bulletins/2842f82

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It’s the Official Start to the 2020 Census. But No One Counted On a Pandemic.

WASHINGTON — This was the year the Census Bureau was primed for a gargantuan task — remaking the census of nearly 330 million Americans for the digital age at a time of enormous national division and obstacles to an accurate count. Then came the coronavirus. https://www.nytimes.com/article/census-2020.html

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New law now protects patients from surprise medical bills in Washington

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, certain medical providers are prohibited from sending surprise bills to consumers in Washington state under a new law that Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler championed.  Read about

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7 Ways to Age Well in 2019

How to increase your chances of living longer, learn the secret to aging well or just look younger. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/24/well/live/7-ways-to-age-well-in-2019.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/24/well/live/7-ways-to-age-well-in-2019.html

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What to do if you’re wrongfully billed for Medicare costs

If you’re among the 7.5 million people in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program , doctors, suppliers, and other providers should not bill you for services and items covered by Medicare, including deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments. If a provider asks you to pay, that’s against the law. https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/what-do-if-youre-wrongfully-billed-medicare-costs/

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Program Offers TLC To Older Adults And Their Homes So They Can Stay Put

Sometimes it gets hard for older people to do the things that make independent living possible, such as cook a meal or get in and out of the bath. So CAPABLE targets these obstacles, not just with therapy for the individual, but with some TLC for the home. Today there are 29 CAPABLE programs in 15 states. Some are offered by private insurance Medicare Advantage plans, like the one that Givens has. Others are run by Meals on Wheels,

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Washington State Senior Lobby Foundation Fall Conference 2019

2019 Fall Conference Recap The Washington State Senior Citizens’ Foundation held their 2019 Fall Conference on Thursday October 24, 2019 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.  We had 405 people including speakers attend the 2019 Fall Conference. The Sponsors\Exhibitors were:  Adult Family Home Council of WA, AARP Washington, Alzheimer’s Association, ARCORA Foundation, Cap Tel Phones, Catholic Community Services, DSHS, Aging and

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Opinion: How to Make Hearing Aids as Cool as Glasses

The Over The Counter Hearing aid Act The act reclassifies a whole category of hearing assistance devices so that people can buy them at a retail store, without have to go through an examination by an audiologist.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/opinion/hearing-aids.html

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For Passion or For Money, More Seniors Keep Working

More U.S. workers are working after turning 65, both out of financial necessity and to stay busy, a trend the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sees increasing over the next 10 years. The bureau projects the share of seniors working or actively looking for jobs to rise from 19.6%in 2018 to 23.3% in 2028, nearly double the rate of 1998, when it was less than 12% .https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2019/09/20/for-passion-or-for-money-more-seniors-keep-working

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Governor’s Office is Currently Recruiting for the Long-Term Care Trust Commission

The Governor’s office has opened the recruitment period for people interested in being considered for appointment to this Commission.  Go to:https://waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/DSHS-document_AUG-1-2019.pdf

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Deadly Falls in Older Americans Are Rising. Here’s How to Prevent Them.

The rate of deaths after falls is rising for people over 75, a new study shows. But falls are avoidable for most seniors. We have some tips. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/health/falls-elderly-prevention-deaths.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/health/falls-elderly-prevention-deaths.html

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