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Access to care

Creating pathways to a better life

Kaiser Permanente has a long history of being a force for positive change with a deep commitment to equity. Here in Washington, we’re working with like-minded organizations to help ensure that all people have access to opportunities that support healthy lives. This means overcoming obstacles to good health, and ensuring access to good jobs, quality education, safe environments and health care.

We help provide care for:

  • People who are low income or don't have insurance
  • People who have difficulty getting health care coverage or services
  • Patients enrolled in Medicaid and Project Access Northwest

We work to create communities where everyone is cared for, has a sense of belonging, and has the basics needed to be healthy. We recognize that in order to improve the health of an entire community, we must focus first on those most in need.

Medical financial assistance

Our program provides financial assistance to people who are low-income and are unable to pay their out-of-pocket costs when they receive care at a Kaiser Permanent medical center. We also provide medical financial assistance, so people can get the care they need.

Safety net collaborators

volunteers at a community eventWe work with other providers and organizations to help people regardless of their ability to pay. Together, we deliver support and services that prevent, detect, and treat health issues.

Our safety net collaborators include Seattle/King County Clinic, Project Access Northwest, YWCA of King and Snohomish Counties, Sound Generations, and YouthCare Orion Center.

Seattle/King County Clinic collaborates with many organizations to produce a free health clinic in KeyArena each year that serves thousands of people. The 4-day clinic provides medical, dental, and vision care. The next clinic will be held from September 20 to 23, 2018.

Project Access Northwest helps uninsured and underinsured people get medical and dental care. They also pay monthly health insurance bills for people who can’t afford the costs and connect people with primary care doctors to reduce emergency room visits.

Sound Generations provides the resources, assistance, and human connections older adults need to live a happy, healthy life. They help people of all abilities, income levels, and cultures in a caring community. They also support programs including EnhanceFitness, Meals on Wheels, Transportation Services and Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshops.

YWCA Health Care Access programs provide health insurance enrollment, information and linkages to low-income, underserved, and hard-to-reach populations, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. These programs are designed to reduce or eliminate health disparities rooted in race, income and gender; in particular, those disparities most deeply impacting low-income women and their families.

YouthCare Orion Center offers support for youth up to age 22 who are homeless or in unstable housing. Drop-in services include meals, showers, washer and dryer, clothes, personal care products, lockers, and more. Additional support is provided to help youth find other services they may need. Kaiser Permanente provides funding, and our medical residency program provides medical care for Orion Center clients.

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