Issues

Tips to Recognize, Prevent, or Reduce Cyberattacks and Cybercrimes

As we move through the holiday season, new challenges that people and organizations face include the heightened risk and probability of “bad actors”–people with criminal intention, organized crime groups, and state-sponsored groups–seeking to compromise people and organizations’ mobile phones,… Read More: https://acl.gov/news-and-events/acl-blog/tips-recognize-prevent-or-reduce-cyberattacks-and-cybercrimes

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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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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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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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Dementia Action Collaborative Fall Webinars

Established in 2016, the Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC) is a group of public-private partners committed to preparing Washington state for the growth of the dementia population.   The Collaborative is offering 2 Fall Webinars  (click for more information)      

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How People With Type 2 Diabetes Can Lower Their Risk of Health Problems

A growing number of studies suggest that getting a handle on a few key risk factors can bring type 2 diabetes under control. Lowering blood sugar, for instance, reduces the risk of additional health problems, such as heart disease and stroke related to the disease. But most of these studies have focused on studying one risk factor — like blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure — at a time. In a new study published in the New England Journal

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Eating This Many Carbs Is Linked to a Longer Life

When it comes to carbs, your best nutrition strategy might be the oldest one in the book: moderation. That’s according to a new study published in The Lancet Public Health, which finds that people who get about half of their total calories from carbohydrates may be at a lower risk of early death than those who follow either very high- or very low-carb diets. The researchers estimated that people who ate a moderate amount of carbohydrates at

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After Son Dies, Mom Hopes New Law Lets Her See Granddaughter

http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/after-son-dies-mom-hopes-new-law-lets-her-see-granddaughter

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2018 DSHS Town Hall Meetings With Sec Cheryl Strange

Secretary Cheryl Strange is hosting Town Hall Meetings for our service providers. Vendors, partners and stakeholders are being invited statewide. She wants to know what DSHS is doing well, what the agency can do better, and what is important to our partners as we work together to transform lives.   Go to the link below for dates, times and locations: https://waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/18-0532-town-hall-flyer-orange-top-youre-invited.pdf

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May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

It's Skin Cancer Awareness Month, when all of us are urged to self-examine our skin and go to a doctor if we find any sign of the most malignant form of skin cancer. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. One in five people will develop skin cancer by age 70. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/melanoma-monday-protecting-your-family-from-skin-cancer/

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Medicare’s great by U.S. standards. Compared to others, not so much.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/medicare-s-great-u-s-standards-compared-others-not-so-n821226

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Weak federal oversight endangers health and safety of assisted living residents

GAO report shines a long-overdue light on Medicaid-funded assisted living. Federal funding of assisted living is large and growing, but to this point the federal government has not adequately ensured the quality of assisted living care. This lack of oversight has had tragic consequences for an unfortunately large number of older Americans. The GAO report was requested by a bipartisan group of senators, and its publication should prompt Congress

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ALTSA – MILLIMAN- LTSS FEASIBILITY STUDY OF POLICY OPTIONS FOR LONG TERM SERVICES AND CARE

Why support the Long-Term Care Trust Act? At some point, most of us will need some extra assistance as we age. Unfortunately, almost no one is saving enough to pay for the long-term care we need. With a rapidly expanding senior population, we need to address this growing financial crisis facing Washington’s families. The Long-Term Care Trust Act, can fix this problem. This bill creates a funding system that would help workers and retirees pay for

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Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8

As consumers face rapidly rising drug costs, states across the country are moving to block “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacists from telling customers that they could save money by paying cash for prescription drugs rather than using their health insurance. Many pharmacists have expressed frustration about such provisions in their contracts with the powerful companies that manage drug benefits for insurers and employers. The clauses force

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Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water

To ensure that tap water in the United States is safe to drink, the federal government has been steadily tightening the health standards for the nation’s water supplies for decades. But over and over again, local water systems around the country have failed to meet these requirements. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that, since 1982, between 3 and 10 percent of the country’s

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A new milestone: 1 million senior drivers on Washington state roads

  The number of Washington state drivers age 65 or older has surged since 2010 by 41 percent — and at nearly three times the overall rate of increase among licensed drivers here.   https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/a-new-milestone-1-million-senior-drivers-on-washington-state-roads/

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‘Long overdue’ Alzheimer’s planner helps anyone figure out next steps

Advanced directives generally aren’t given much attention until a medical crisis descends on an individual or family. A University of Washington doctor decided to change things up. Barak Gaster, a primary-care physician at the UW School of Medicine, came up with a five-page summary of options for those who want to get ahead of an Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis. His Health Directive for Dementia, available for download free online, http://bit.ly/2naq3Hi,

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Gov Inslee Urges State Congressional Delegation to Reject GOP Tax Plan

Governor Inslee sent a letter November 14, 2017 to the Washington State congressional delegation urging them to reject the Republication tax proposals being rushed through Congress.  The governor's letter, and a twelve-page memo that accompanied it, detailed a number of ways the tax plan would adversely impact Washington State. Open letter by clicking the link below:   https://waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/Letter-from-Gov-1.pdf

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