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Senior Lobby Updates

Our Drug Supply Is Sick. How Can We Fix It?

The truth is, a pill is not just a pill. A pill that was made in a top-notch factory with a spotless track record is better than one that was made in a plant that barely passed inspection Click here to read more.

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Washington is 7th most ‘catfished’ state, losing $14M to romance scammers last year

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Edmonds man helps push through state bill requiring closed-captions in public spaces

It isn’t easy to get a Washington State Senate bill passed, but that’s just what Dean Olson of Edmonds did. Senate Bill 5027 — requiring closed-captions on televisions in all places of public accommodation in Washington state –was unanimously adopted and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee May 10, benefiting people who are hearing impaired. Read More

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As we aim for less reliance on cars, learn from those who don’t drive

Transportation emissions are 44.9% of Washington state’s greenhouse gas emissions, more than half of which come from gas-powered cars. From a climate perspective, switching to electric vehicles is not enough. Washington has to reduce how much we drive every day if we are to reduce our climate emissions to survivable levels. So as we envision a society that is less reliant on driving, who better to learn from than people who already don’t

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Virtual Advocacy: Making a Difference in Olympia This Year

This year, due to the COVID quarantine, the Washington State Legislature’s open public meetings will be held online. That means that everybody—legislators, lobbyists, advocates, and constituents—will meet the same way: via Zoom. Now everyone, regardless of distance and access to transportation, can participate as often as they wish. In many ways, it’s never been easier to advocate on behalf of our issues in Olympia. https://www.agewisekingcounty.org/publications/agewisekingcounty/january-2021/virtual-advocacy-making-a-difference-in-olympia-this-year/

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‘The best Christmas present.’ Seattle Senior living community gets Covid-19 vaccine

Vaccinations against Covid-19 continue to rollout in Washington state, with the first residents and staff of senior living communities getting doses this week. In Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood, Parkshore was the first retirement community to begin vaccinations. No one has gotten Covid at Parkshore, but cases continue to rise in long-term care facilities across Washington. Over 1,580 residents of long-term care facilities have died from Covid

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Oregon Hospitals Didn’t Have Shortages. So Why Were Disabled People Denied Care?

Out of that quiet fight in early spring, the advocates — staff at a disability rights legal group, a state lawmaker and a few others — discovered something disturbing: There were many cases in Oregon of health care being rationed to people with disabilities. At the same moment, across the United States, disability groups and even a civil rights office of the U.S. government were raising a similar warning: that behind closed doors, people with

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Nursing home COVID-19 cases rise four-fold in surge states

Despite Trump administration efforts to erect a protective shield around nursing homes, coronavirus cases are surging within facilities in states hard hit by the latest onslaught of COVID-19. READ MORE: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nursing-home-covid-19-cases-rise-four-fold-in-surge-states/

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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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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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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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