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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

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Vicki Bickford says she relies on her income as a caregiver to stay afloat. (SEIU 775)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Caregivers for frail elders and people living with disabilities in Washington are concerned about the potential effects of more than a billion dollars in cuts to the state's long-term care services. To fill part of the shortfall caused by COVID-19, the Department of Health and Hum

The Washington State Investment Board says investing long-term care funds in private equity could bring in a 7% to 8% return. (indysystem/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Washington voters soon will decide on a measure that could stretch funds for long-term care. Senate Joint Resolution 8212 would allow a portion of funds from the Long-Term Care Trust Act to be invested in stocks and bonds for higher returns. The resolution to put the measure to voters go

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- AARP has awarded Community Challenge grants to four projects in Washington state. The grants go to projects that make communities more livable for people of all ages - and that can be turned around quickly. Among the winners is the Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners, which ha

Caregivers in Washington state were able to secure an additional $2.56 an hour in hazard pay for July, August and September. (SEIU 775)

SEATTLE -- In-home caregivers known as Individual Providers are concerned about what budget shortfalls from COVID-19 will mean for bargaining with Washington state. Individual Providers (IPs) help people with disabilities stay in their homes, but they often struggle financially. Gina Denton is an

The Washington state Department of Health and Human Services advises home-care workers to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands frequently. (oatawa/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- As COVID-19 cases increase, home-care workers can get a 31-day supply of personal protective equipment from the State of Washington. Bea Rector, who directs the Home and Community Services Division in the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, said individual providers, or IPs, were

Worst-case cuts in Washington state would slash an estimated $220 million from the Medicaid long-term care services budget. ( Stock)

SEATTLE -- Long-term care advocates in Washington state are rallying against budget cuts they say would be disastrous for the state's most vulnerable residents. As the state grapples with COVID-19's economic fallout, agencies are being asked to consider what cuts look like. The worst-case scenario

One scam popping up recently claims there is a vaccine or treatment for coronavirus. (MUHAMMADROHAIZAD/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Scammers are taking advantage of Americans' heightened state of anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. Kay Tomlinson is a fraud-prevention specialist in Washington state with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. She said there are a variety of scams circulating right now, including "can't-mi

First Lady Trudi Inslee discusses caregivers during the coronavirus pandemic on Spread The Facts. (TVW)

SEATTLE -- Washington state has teamed up with the television network TVW and AARP to provide older adults with facts on how to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. The series "Spread the Facts" provides the public an opportunity to submit questions. On April 16, First Lady Trudi

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