One map shows huge impact of ACA locally

The number of uninsured residents of King County has fallen by more than 50% since embracing the ACA, benefitting every neighborhood of the county

Our epidemiologists at Public Health–Seattle & King County (PHSKC) have been keeping track of insurance enrollment for years. And, for a long time, the picture was getting worse year by year, with increasing numbers of people uninsured. That all changed after 2013, when new insurance options became available under the Affordable Care Act. King County embraced the […]

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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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Why children die unexpectedly — and what we can do

Children aren’t supposed to die. When children die unexpectedly, Public Health—Seattle & King County pays extra attention. The department looks for lessons to help families and communities prevent future tragedies, using a process that brings together an extraordinary range of expertise. The program is called Child Death Review, and their most recent report – based […]

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Outbreak Responders: a Public Health comic strip

For National Public Health Week (April 3-9th), we’re celebrating by featuring unsung public health heroes who make our communities safer and healthier. Each day, we’ll highlight public health workers through their own words, sharing their work and why they’re committed to serving our community. Today we’re featuring our Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunizations unit. I’ve […]

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Telling patient stories: Comics journalism at the Seattle/King County Clinic

Armed with pen and paper, a dozen artists roamed the floor of the Seattle/King County Clinic, a  four-day pop-up clinic at the Seattle Center’s Key Arena that provided free medical, dental, and vision care to nearly 4,500 people last October. These were some of the most respected comics artists in the Pacific Northwest, and they were […]

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