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Legislative Forum

Aging Readiness: The Legislative Challenge

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tukwila Community Center
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


See our Highlights section for a summary of the 2008 Legislative Forum, including event photos and presentations.


The legislative forum is a biennial event hosted by the ADS Advisory Council featuring advocacy training, overviews of the state legislative process, and panels and guest speakers on federal and state issues important to Washington's older adults and people with disabilities. This years event was presented in partnership with the Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care Advisory Board.


2008 Forum Agenda

8:30 - 9:00

Sign in, coffee and tea, light breakfast items

9:00 - 9:05

Welcome, housekeeping items

Michael Miller, Chair, Aging and Disability Services Advisory Council

9:05 - 9:15

Opening remarks

Sally Nixon, Director, Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care

9:15 - 9:40

How to communicate effectively with state legislators.

Tony Lee, Advocacy Director, Solid Ground

9:40 - 10:20

The "Inside" Story: How the legislature really works, and how to use this knowledge in your advocacy.

Dennis Mahar, Director, Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging, and

Jerry Reilly, Consultant, Public Policy Consultants, Inc.

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote: Building Aging-Friendly Communities in the Puget Sound

Bob Drewel, Executive Director, Pugest Sound Regional Council

11:00 - 12:15

Aging Readiness: How Washington Can Prepare.
A panel moderated by Dennis Mahar with:

Rep. Dawn Morrell,

Rep. Jeannie Darneille, and

Rep. Jay Rodne

12:15 - 1:00


12:40 Performance by the Central Area Senior Center Sliders

1:00 - 1:05

Reconvene, housekeeping items

Terri Baker, Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care Advisory Board

1:05- 1:45

Project 2020 Medicaid Diversion Proposal

Kathy Leitch, Assistant Secretary, Aging and Disability Services Administration

1:55 - 2:15

Increasing State Medicaid Eligibity Limits

Peter Greenfield, Staff Attorney, Columbia Legal Services

2:15 - 2:45

Closing Remarks / Call to Action

Pamela Piering, Director, Aging and Disability Services


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