Medicare: Keeping Us Healthy for 50 Years

Published on 30 July 2015

Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, the landscape of health care in America changed forever when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark legislation giving life to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. As we commemorate Medicare's 50th anniversary, we celebrate the legacy of the program and commit ourselves to keep it strong for current and future generations.

The Final Word from Olympia?

Published on 30 June 2015

As this newsletter goes to print, we're still waiting for the final word from Olympia. There's no budget, and State-funded programs are threatened with shutdown.

Action Needed, Now and for Our Future

Published on 31 March 2015

Sometime this month, we will learn whether the State Legislature has done the right thing for fragile elders and adults with disabilities who benefit from the long-term care case management services provided by Aging and Disability Services (ADS).

Frequently Asked Questions about Community Living Connections

Published on 5 January 2015

Aging and Disability Services is in the process of forming a Community Living Connection-Aging and Disability Resource Network (CLC-ADRN) in Seattle-King County. Services will be available in 2015.

Hospice and Palliative Care Focus on the Quality of Remaining Life

Published on 30 October 2014

November is National Hospice Month. It is both a month of gratitude for me for such a valued service and a month of remembrance for someone I loved deeply.

Washington Gets High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents

Published on 2 September 2014

A new report shows that Washington State's long term care system ranks 2nd in the nation, but AARP and other aging advocates caution that budget pressures threaten to turn the clock backwards on Washington's high quality and cost effective approach.

Questions about Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment? SHIBA Can Help!

Published on 30 June 2014

It's not too soon to start thinking about Medicare's open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans. Open enrollment takes place every year, October 15 through December 7. The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) can help answer your Medicare questions.

Seattle-Based NAPCA Serves AAPI Elders across the United States

Published on 31 January 2014

A national service and advocacy organization committed to the dignity, well-being and quality of life of AAPI elders as they age, NAPCA was founded in Seattle in 1979 when APA advocates saw the growing unmet needs of AAPI seniors. Today, NAPCA serves over 10,000 AAPI seniors nationally through the Seattle headquarters and program offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

The ABCs (and D) of Medicare

Published on 31 December 2013

Medicare is health insurance for people receiving Social Security who are age 65 or older or those who have received Social Security disability benefits for more than two years. Some people are covered only by one of the four parts of Medicare; others opt to pay extra for more coverage. Understanding Medicare can save you money.

SHIBA Helps You Find Answers to Medicare and Health Care Coverage Questions

Published on 1 August 2013

Need help finding access to Medicare plans, health insurance, health care programs, or prescription drugs? Call or meet with a Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) counselor!

Drawn-Out Legislative Session Ends on Positive Note

Published on 1 August 2013

The three legislative sessions of 2013 were exhausting for advocates and legislators alike, and one threatened to shut down state government if it lasted into July. But after 153 days, with two special sessions, a budget deal was finally reached on June 27th. The results for older adults and the disabled were … not bad at all.

We're All in This Together

Published on 4 March 2013

As our legislators and other elected leaders begin the process of creating an annual budget, scores of concerned citizens are ready to offer information and rationales to help guide their deliberations. 

Act Now on Medicare Part D

Published on 28 November 2012

If you currently enrolled in Medicare and are considering changes to your Medicare Part D plan, act now. The "open season" runs from October 15 to December 7.

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15—Review Your Plan!

Published on 1 October 2012

With more benefits, better choices and lower costs, the Social Security Administration is encouraging people with Medicare and their families to start reviewing drug and health plan coverage options for 2013.

Advisory Council to Host October 1 Forum on Washington's Aging Readiness

Published on 30 August 2012

Washington state is facing a massive shift in the older adult demographic that will affect infrastructure at all levels. 

Planning for Financial Fitness at Retirement

Published on 29 February 2012

Planning for retirement often feels like a guessing game.

Navigating the Healthcare System: Planning for a Discharge from a Healthcare Facility

Published on 2 March 2012

National data show that as many as one in five patients discharged from the hospital will be readmitted within 30 days.