The Arc of Whatcom County Parent Coalition E-Alert
October 2010
Parent Coalition
Making Legal and
Financial Choices

The Parent Coalition of Whatcom County presents this opportunity to learn about long term financial planning, special needs trusts, guardianship and alternatives to guardianship.
Planning for the future of your family members with special needs is important. There are financial considerations for providing not just lifetime care, but quality of life. Guardianship, Powers of Attorney, Representative Payees, and Trusts will all be discussed as ways to support and advocate with our family member.
We will be joined by Patti Bell, Trust Manager of the Life Opportunity Trust, established by the Washington State Legislature as a public/private partnership and option for family financial planning.
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Monday, October 18, 2010
St Luke's Community
Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98225

Contact: Beverly Porter
715-0170 Ext 306


Regence to Only Offer Family Care

Regence has announced that effective October 1, 2010 they will no longer provide child only health care policies.  Both Senators Murray and Cantwell have made very strong statements to Regence about this decision and warn they will fix the problem legislatively if necessary.    

We need to put a face on those that are affected by their decision our children and teens.

This decision will impact you if you are:
  1. A parent and or child/teen that has a child/teen that is currently covered by a child only policy.

  2. A parent or family that needs a child only policy to cover their child or teen and their family is currently shopping for coverage for their child.

  3. A parent or family that can speak to the importance of having several policy options available to them including family and child only policies given the volatile economy.  Health coverage is usually tied to employment and if a parent loses a job they can at least know they can purchase a child only policy even if they cannot provide coverage for themselves. 
Please contact Senators Murray and Cantwell to express how this decision will affect you.

Statute Enacted Adopting
Respectful Language

On October 8, the enactment of Rosa's Law was celebrated at the White House. Numerous self advocates with intellectual disabilities attended the event, including Rosa Marcellino of Maryland, for which the statute is named. 

Rosa's law changes the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" to "intellectual disabilities" and "intellectually disabled" in federal laws regarding education, employment and certain health programs. 

The statute does not alter eligibility, services or rights under these laws nor does it compel states to change their terminology.  Many states have already changed their terminology.

President Obama signed Rosa's Law into law on October 5 (P.L. 111-256).


The Arc of Whatcom County provides information and referrals, educational programs, and funding for people with developmental disabilities, their families and the organizations that serve them.

This E-Alert is made possible by funding from the Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities program.


US Legislators

Sen. Maria Cantwell
Phone: (202) 224-3441

Sen. Patty Murray
Phone: (202) 224-2621

2nd District

Rep. Rick Larsen
Phone: (202) 225-2605

State Legislators

42nd District

Sen. Dale Brandland
Phone: (360) 786-7682

Rep. Kelli Linville
Phone: (360) 786-7854
Rep. Doug Ericksen
Phone: (360) 786-7980

39th District

Sen. Val Stevens
Phone: (360) 786-7676

Rep. Dan Kristiansen
Phone: (360) 786-7967

Rep. Kirk Pearson
Phone: (360) 786-7816

40th District

Sen. Kevin Ranker
Phone: (360) 786-7678

Rep. Dave Quall
Phone: (360) 428-1023

Rep. Jeff Morris
Phone: (360) 786-7970

October 2010

15 Friday
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Autism Support Meeting
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road
Contact: 715-0170 ext. 306

18 Monday
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Future Planning Workshop
St Luke's Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Contact: 715-0170 ext. 306

18 Monday
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spin Dance
Max Higbee Center
315 Halleck Street
Contact: 778-7000

23 Saturday
10:00 a.m. - Noon
The Arc of Whatcom County Board meeting
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road
Contact: 715-0170 ext. 303

25 Monday
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
St. Luke's Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Contact: 676-6724 ext. 32014

29 Friday
5:30 - 9:00 pm
Friday Fun Night
Bellingham Senior Center
315 Halleck Street
Open to all ages
Contact: 733-1828