Medicare: Keeping Us Healthy for 50 Years

Posted on 07/29/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing Medicare:  Keeping Us Healthy for 50 Years By AARP State Director Doug Shadel and CMS Regional Administrator John Hammarlund   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. What is Medicare’s …

Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?

Posted on 07/29/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Community | Local Resources | Money & Work The Washington State legislature recently passed a Senate Bill 5186 that increased the qualifying income from $35,000 annual gross income to $40,000 for the senior/disability property tax exemption starting in October, 2015. The King County Assessor’s Office administers this exemption program for low-income seniors (61 years or age or older) or property owners with disabilities. Depending on your income, you may be eligible to receive a standard, partial  or full exemption. In addition, the value of your home will be …

Want to help us fight scams? – Become a volunteer fraud fighter!

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Fraud | Volunteering The Fraud Watch Network from AARP and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office is kicking into high gear. Consumers across the state are eager to hear how they can avoid scams and fraud, but we need more volunteer speakers to help us spread the word! We invite individuals who are looking for meaningful volunteer work and who like to speak in public to please call (206) 517-9389 for information about the program, and to register for the free volunteer training …

Save The Date – Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing This summer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will recognize ways in which Medicare and Medicaid have transformed the nation’s health care system over the past five decades.  As we mark the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, we are reminded of the critical role these programs play in protecting the health and well-being of millions of families and improving America’s economic security. These are life changing programs that keep Americans healthy. To commemorate the anniversary, CMS Region …

New Law Protects Consumers in Data Breach

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Fraud A new state law will help Washington consumers stave off identity theft when their personal and financial information is compromised by a computer breach. The law—proposed by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) and backed by AARP—requires businesses, nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose data is hacked to notify affected consumers and the attorney general within 45 days. It also requires hacked organizations to provide information that can help consumers secure their credit card numbers, user names and passwords. In …

Connect with AARP Aug. 26 at Mariners Game

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About AARP | Community | Events Come out to the ballgame for AARP Day with the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 12:40 p.m., as the hometown team takes on the Oakland A’s at Safeco Field. AARP Day is a great opportunity to take your family and friends to the ballpark, get to know other members and staff, and learn what AARP is doing in the community. AARP members and guests are eligible for discounted Terrace Club level tickets for $39 each. Tickets include a …