Recognizing deaths among people experiencing homelessness

Nearly 3,000 deaths are investigated by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office (KCMEO) every year. And for more than a decade, the Medical Examiner has partnered with the Health Care for the Homeless program to research and identify which of those people were presumed to be experiencing homelessness.
“We do this work to help the community both pay attention and remember. When people are remembered, they are treated with more dignity,” said John Gilvar, program manager for Health Care for the Homeless, which is part of Public Health—Seattle & King County.

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Undermining the federal Family Planning program is tragic – and threatens a proud history serving King County

A federal decision to rewrite the rules for America’s only national family planning program has been justifiably condemned by King County Executive Dow Constantine, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, the American Medical Association, and countless others concerned about health care and justice. “This change to our family planning program threatens the whole idea that all women […]

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So many ways to sign up, so little time left

Come visit our Federal Way Enrollment Center

  With less than 72 hours left to enroll in a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act, there’s no time left for anyone who’s been procrastinating or not paying attention. Do you, or a client/friend/relative/neighbor need health coverage? It’s easy to get started through the online shopping tool, Washington Healthplanfinder or with the […]

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Protecting immigrant families is a public health priority — read King County’s official comment letter

The chilling effects are already harming people in King County. A federal proposal to re-define who is eligible to immigrate to the United States is impacting health and nutrition for thousands of families. In response, King County is filing comments with the federal government. The comment letter quoted below is signed by King County Executive Dow […]

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How to find affordable health insurance in King County

Getting ready for Open Enrollment at Maple Valley Fire Station

If the thought of shopping for health insurance sounds worse than actually getting sick, it might be time to try out the new shopping tools available starting Nov. 1, 2018. It’s the start of the sixth Open Enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act – and the process keeps getting easier and better. The Washington […]

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