aging and long term care of eastern washington

Spokane holds public forum on the state's new Medicaid Waiver Pilot

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We were so excited to be involved in the public forum on Washington's new Section 1115 Global Medicaid Waiver yesterday!  Alison Carl-White, executive director of Better Health Together, teamed up with Lynn Kimball of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington and Kari Chapman of Catholic Charities Spokane to discuss the waiver program's potential roles in achieving the Triple Aim:  better health, better care, and reduced costs.

This waiver program utilizes Accountable Communities of Health and payment reform to incentivize better health outcomes on a population level, with a focus on reducing institutional treatment and making the move toward more home- and community-based supports.  Going even further, the waiver presents an opportunity to local communities to develop reinvestment strategies that capture savings and retain them locally, which we believe is truly game-changing.

Check out the Spokesman Review article below for more information on the forum and on the waiver program.

Highlights from the 2015 White House Conference on Aging

President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Conference on Aging.  July 13, 2015.  Courtesy of the White House YouTube channel.

In case you missed yesterday’s Boomer U article in the Spokesman Review, it gave a great overview of the discussion at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging in Washington DC last week.  As the article explains, our partners at Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW) came together with Area Agencies on Aging from across the state to generate recommendations for the conference, which took place last Monday, July 13.  This conference, which has occurred every 10 years since the 1960s, has had a key role in shaping U.S. policy on aging for the past 50 years.  Priorities presented at this year’s conference included ensuring retirement security, providing long-term services and supports, supporting healthy aging, and protecting elders from abuse and neglect.  According to ALTCEW executive director Lynn Kimball, while these priorities were consistent with the Washington state recommendations, “it is really up to each state and community to prioritize what needs to happen for healthy aging to occur.”  We could not agree more, which is why we are working with partners like ALTCEW through our Rural Aging Services Initiative to help seniors gain access to needed supports that allow them to live full meaningful lives with independence and dignity in their homes and communities of choice.  One of our favorite quotes from the article came from Washington State Council on Aging member Phillip Lemley:

The biggest thing that caught my ear was that we must change the prospect of aging from fear to optimism.

Check out the full article here, or download below.

As part of our Rural Aging Services Initiative, we are currently working with ALTCEW to expand supports for caregivers in Whitman County.  Stay tuned for more on this partnership as we work together to better serve rural seniors in our region.