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2017 Senior Symposium

Congressman Newhouse is hosting a Senior Symposium in Yakima on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 8:30AM to 12:15PM. The Senior Symposium will consist of three panels of experts to help seniors navigate the available systems and benefits, as well as answer any questions. The event is free and open to all seniors and their families in Central Washington. For questions about the event, please contact Kate Adkison in the Yakima office at (509) 452-3243. Details about the panels and an updated list of participants are listed below. 

WHERE: Harman Senior Center: 101 North 65th Avenue, Yakima, WA 98908

Benefits Panel (8:30AM – 9:45AM) will include information about Social Security and Medicare, other healthcare benefits, retirement, and long-term care.

Confirmed participants:

Social Security Administration: Ms. Aurora Santacruz, Claims Technical Expert
Southeast Washington Aging and Long-Term Care: Ms. Julie Bersing, B.S., Local Program Coordinator
U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration: Mr. Tomas Aquino, Benefits Advisor

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner: Mr. Todd Dixon, SHIBA Program Manager
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Yakima County: Ms. Deborah Wilson, Director

Fraud & ID Theft Prevention Panel (10:00AM – 11:00AM) will provide information about tax filing and protecting your identity against recent threats.

Confirmed participants:

Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation: Mr. Mark Pahnke, Special Agent
Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation: Ms. Kendall McColley, Theft Coordinator
Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation: Mr. Troy Burrus, Assistant Special Agent in Charge
Yakima Police Department: Detective Kevin Lee
Yakima County Prosecutors Office

Veterans Issues Panel (11:15AM – 12:15PM) will provide information about services available to veterans in the area, obtaining benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and receiving care at VA medical centers and clinics. 

Confirmed participants:

Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Benefits Administration: Mr. Pritz Navaratnasingam, Director of the VBA Seattle Regional Office
Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Benefits Administration: Mr. Rob Hard, Public Relations Officer
Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries Administration: Ms. Jennifer Dehorty, Assistant Director of Tahoma National Cemetery
VFW Department of Washington: Ms. Nadine Warren, Veteran Service Officer

Walla Walla VA Medical Center: Dr. Robert Fleming, Chief of Staff