The Legislature will convene for a Regular Session on January 11, 2021

It’s that time of year again! The 2021 legislative session begins on Monday the 11th. Since it is an odd-numbered year, it will be a 105-day session where the state‘s biennial operating budget will be decided. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be an unusual year, and everything will be done remotely. This will cause limitations, and we expect far fewer bills to be introduced and fewer bills to pass this year than is typical.  We also expect many of the issues to be agreed upon ahead of time by the legislature. The silver lining to a virtual session is that it may be more accessible for members to advocate. Instead of traveling to Olympia, members can schedule zoom meetings with their legislator and testify during public hearings over Zoom. Since the state continues to face a budget deficit, resulting from a slowed pandemic economy, it will be more important than ever for members to engage.  LeadingAge Washington’s 2021 Session Priority

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Member Advocacy 

Now is the time to start meeting with your Senator and Representatives. Your legislators will not know how to prioritize funding unless they hear from their constituents. They need to know the impacts, the needs, and personal experiences of your communities.  Visit our Advocacy Action Center  

Assisted Living Conference Budget Letter April 8

Please make it a priority to advocate for Medicaid funding. Here’s how: 

Make sure you know the legislative district in which your community is located. Click here to for the legislative district look up.  

Call legislative assistants to book an appointment.  Here’s a roster of all legislators with office contact information. You will want to meet with both of your representatives and your senator. 

A LeadingAge Washington staff member will be available to join your meetings and will provide talking points and any other needed information ahead of time.  

For targeted advocacy, we will be using our new advocacy software SALSA. The SALSA software allows us to generate messaging and to target messaging to key legislators, all you need to do is enter contact information and your facility address and hit send. It’s also possible to expand your messaging to other districts based on the address of your personal residence, if different from the facility. Please watch for action alerts from us. 


NEW “Regulatory Roundup 2.0,” a quick and easy tracker to help find pertinent rules and federal regulations for LeadingAge members. The tracker allows members to view timelines for comments. If we submit comments, there will be a link to click on. Feel free to use them to develop and submit your own comments on federal regulations. The tracker will be updated weekly, so you have the most up to date information. If you have any questions/feedback, please send it to Eram Abbasi, Policy Analyst, Long Term Services and Supports,  eabbasi@Leadingage.org.


State Virtual Town Hall Meeting

The State Town Hall Convener will moderate the Town Hall event held during the LeadingAge Washington Annual Conference. The Town Hall event will include a discussion of both federal and state policy of importance to long term services and supports providers and seniors. On matters of federal policy, the State Convener will work in collaboration with LeadingAge national. On matters of state policy, the State Convener will collaborate with the LeadingAge Washington Chief Executive Officer prior to the Town Hall event.

Regional Virtual Town Hall Meetings

The Regional Town Hall Convener will moderate at least one Town Hall event held prior to the LeadingAge Washington Annual Conference. The Regional Town Hall event will include a discussion of both federal and state policy of importance to long term services and supports providers and seniors. On matters of federal policy, the Regional Convener will work in collaboration with the LeadingAge Washington State Convener. On matters of state policy, the Regional Convener will collaborate with the LeadingAge Washington Chief Executive Officer prior to and immediately following the Regional Town Hall event.

For purposes of convening the 2021 Regional Town Hall meetings, there are six regions. Our 2021 “Virtual Meeting” schedule is below!

  • Everett Regional Virtual Town Hall – Monday, May 3rd, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Seattle Regional Virtual Town Hall  – Thursday, May 6th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Bremerton/Peninsula Regional Virtual Town Hall – Tuesday, May 11th, 01:30-03:00 pm
  • Yakima Regional Virtual Town Hall – Thursday, May 13th, 03:00-04:00 pm
  • Spokane Regional Virtual Town Hall – Tuesday, May 18th, 01:30-03:00 pm
  • Tacoma Regional Virtual Town Hall – Thursday, May 20th 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Agenda

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Last updated: March 19th