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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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New Evidence of Age Bias in Hiring, and a Push to Fight It

The shadow of age bias in hiring, though, is long. Tens of thousands of workers say that even with the right qualifications for a job, they are repeatedly turned away because they are over 50, or even 40, and considered too old. The problem is getting more scrutiny after revelations that hundreds of employers shut out middle-aged and older Americans in their recruiting on Facebook, LinkedIn and other platforms. Those disclosures are supercharging

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Prices of the most common prescription drugs nearly doubled in less than a decade

The one issue most Americans can agree on is that the price of prescription drugs are out of control. Based on past trends, it appears that popular prescription drug prices doubled in less than a decade. https://qz.com/1634288/prices-for-common-prescription-drugs-shot-up-76-in-6-years/

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STOP Rx GREED: CUT DRUG PRICES NOW

It’s unfair that Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. We must crack down on price gouging and the greedy practices that keep prices artificially high. It’s time our leaders stick up for people 50+ and their families.   AARP has listed some commonsense solutions.    

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U.S. News & World Report: Why Washington is the Best State in America

Washington is the best state in the country, according to the third annual 2019 Best States rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The publication evaluated all 50 states across a range of criteria, including education, health care, infrastructure and the economy. The report emphasized Washington’s thriving technology sector as well as the state’s aggressive efforts to promote clean, affordable energy. “Washington state is an

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Attorney General Says 225 Charged in Elder Fraud Sweep

The nation’s top law enforcement official on Thursday announced the largest-ever crackdown on fraud against older Americans, highlighting a yearlong effort that led to criminal charges against 225 people here and abroad. Largest-ever sweep of elder fraud cases

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AARP Senate Finance Committee Nursing Home Statement March 2019

AARP has been deeply concerned over recent reports and evidence of dangerous conditions in nursing homes across the country.  This is their letter to the Senate Finance Committee.    

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For American Workers, 4 Key Retirement Issues to Watch in 2019

It’s going to be a busy year in Washington and state capitals for policymakers working to improve the retirement security of millions of Americans.

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