Four ways we are measuring Affordable Care Act proposals

By Patty Hayes, Director, Public Health—Seattle & King County As various proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act continue to circulate, here is the yardstick Public Health—Seattle & King County will use to measure any proposals and the potential impacts. Any reform or replacement for the Affordable Care Act should help people lead healthier lives. […]

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Uninsured? There’s still time (and good reason) to sign up for 2017 coverage

Enrollment assistance for Paul Shin, provided by Jen Covert of PHSKC, at Café Racer in Seattle

The Affordable Care Act (affectionately, “Obamacare”) may be repealed and replaced under the new federal administration, but there’s still time to take advantage of it. In fact, if you sign up by January 31, you should feel confident that your coverage will remain intact for the rest of 2017. Things could look different in 2018, but […]

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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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Enrollment deadline meets the tax-man, and how Public Health is helping meet the need

For anyone hoping to buy discounted health insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder, the extended enrollment period ends on April 17 — and that date is no coincidence. Many people are preparing to meet the April 15 IRS deadline for income tax returns, and some will suddenly discover they owe a tax penalty for having no health […]

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