Overdose update: Recent increase in overdose deaths linked to fentanyl-laced pills and powders

Update October 3, 2019 – Public Health officials continue to be concerned about increases in fentanyl overdose deaths in King County, driven by fentanyl found in counterfeit pills and in powders. As we reported below, between mid-June and mid-September 2019, there have been 141 suspected and confirmed drug overdose deaths. Since September 26, 2019, there […]

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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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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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Lead: Invisible danger, visible change in the community

Lead – the heavy metal found in older homes and paint as well as in the environment – is hard to see, but very toxic. We are working to raise the visibility of the dangerous effects of lead, especially on children’s brain development and the work that it takes to reduce exposure to it in our community. And we could not do it without our amazing community-based partners.

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LGBTQ youth talk about healthcare experiences

In a first-of-its-kind effort, King County hospitals reached out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth and young adults to learn about their experiences with healthcare. King County Hospitals for a Healthier Community, which is a collaborative of 11 hospitals and health systems, joined with Public Health – Seattle & King […]

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An overwhelming desire for health insurance, as deadline looms

More people than ever are buying health insurance through Washington’s health insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder. And with the surge in interest, King County’s network of health insurance navigators is offering extra hours to help people find the right plan for their needs (see below). In Washington state, because we operate our own Affordable Care Act […]

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