Thanks to aggressive ACA enrollment efforts, King County cuts uninsured rate in half

Uninsured rates from 2008-2015

We have more evidence for how much the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is helping King County residents and how Public Health’s enrollment outreach is paying off. The percentage of working-age adults without insurance has fallen by more than half, according to newly released data from the US Census Bureau (the gold standard for tracking how […]

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Number crunchers, rejoice! Health and housing data are coming together

Receipt of a modest grant is typically not big news, but this one just might be. In fact, this “data integration” grant has public health, public housing and health care professionals in high spirits because now we’ll be able to work together more effectively. The Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) grant – $200,000 through July […]

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How pupusas are helping King County sign up for health insurance

Pupusas and health insurance seem like an unlikely pair – and that’s exactly the point. Our health insurance navigators, the hundreds of experts in King County’s network who can help you sign up for health insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder, are getting creative about how to reach out to different uninsured populations in the last days […]

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Uninsured in King County? Outreach team has a plan to help you

Navigators preparing for an enrollment event

The Open Enrollment period for purchasing discount health insurance begins next week, and King County is offering free expert help – with special emphasis on areas where large numbers of uninsured people live and work. Those areas include south King County cities such as Auburn and Federal Way, along with some neighborhoods in Seattle and […]

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Taking a deeper dive: Health care Navigators seek the uninsured in Season 3

Public Health's enrollment team at Southcenter Mall during previous enrollment season

The first two years of helping uninsured people enroll in affordable health insurance will be hard to beat. In the first year alone, the number of uninsured adults (under age 65) dropped by 38 percent in King County. That’s four percent more than the rest of the state — and more than in all but one […]

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Seattle/King County Clinic: Join a community of compassionate care

In Public Health, we’re trained to look for long-term solutions for health disparities. It’s some of our most important work, but that doesn’t mean that immediate health needs go away. Last year, I participated in the Seattle/King County Clinic, and like many volunteers, found that a close-up view of that need was incredibly powerful to […]

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