PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Making Legal and
Parent Coalition of Whatcom County presents this opportunity to learn about
long term financial planning, special needs trusts, guardianship and
alternatives to guardianship.
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.
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
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Monday, October 18, 2010
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
This decision will impact you if you are:
A parent and or child/teen that has a child/teen that is currently
covered by a child only policy.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.