Access and outreach program
Connecting you to medical providers, health insurance options, and many essential services from food and energy assistance, to breast cancer and dental care options
You may enroll in Coverage through the Washington Health Plan finder any time if you have experienced a Qualifying Life Changing Event.
You may also qualify for Washington Apple Health (also called Medicaid) year-round depending on your income.
COVID-19 testing coverage for individuals that don't Qualify for Apple Health due to immigration status. See below more information on Alien Emergency Medical (AEM)coverage and how to qualify
In-person assistance for health insurance and ORCA LIFT on Thursdays 7:00am-1:00pm at the ShoWare Center (tent in parking lot) 625 W James St Kent, WA 98032.
Resources for the general public
Open enrollment season is over this season but you may still qualify for Washington Apple Health (also called Medicaid) year-round depending on your income.
Learn about health insurance available for:
- Looking for Good Health Care at a Price You Can Afford (PDF)
Download a PDF'd brochure that summarizes low-cost care through DSHS Medical (ProviderOne) and Medicare; description of the Community Health Access Program; contact list of Public Health and Community Health and Dental clinics in King County.
- Haga click aquí para Buena Atención Médica en el formato de PDF.
- Haga click aquí para Buena Atención Médica en el formato de PDF.
- Breast, Cervical, Colon Health Program
Women's health exams with mammogram and Pap test, male colon health exams.
- Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program (ABCD)
Preventive and restorative dental care for Medicaid-eligible children from birth through age five with an emphasis on the first dental visit by age one.
- Dental / oral health services:
- Orthodontists providers in King County
- Pediatric dental providers for all of King County
Serving Apple Health (Medicaid/ProviderOne) adults and pregnant women living in King County
- King County denture services list
Providers serving low-income clients
- Vision information for clients with Apple Health (Medicaid coverage or if you have a ProviderOne card). You must obtain vision examinations through your health plan.
Family Planning Only is a program that provides uninsured women and men coverage for family planning services to help them prevent unintended pregnancies and provides confidential family planning for teens and domestic violence victims. These services are free if you qualify.
To help you and your family save money on prescription medicine not covered by insurance, Public Health — Seattle & King County and the National Association of Counties are pleased to announce the King County Prescription Discount Card Program. Available at no cost to all county residents, the King County Prescription Discount Card Program can save an average of 24% off the price of all commonly prescribed medications. Learn how to apply.
- Washington State's Basic Food Program (formerly food stamps)
- Map of food banks, pantries, and hot meal programs serving Western Washington
- Emergency Food Resources in King County
During COVID-19, there are resources across Seattle and King County to provide emergency food, supplemental groceries, school based meals and other to go meal programs
If you become eligible for Basic Food, you may also be eligible for:
- Washington Lifeline Phone Bill Assistance/Free Cell Phone programs
- Low cost Internet, computers, and laptops
- Xfinity (formerly Comast) Internet Essentials
- Century Link Lifeline program
- Women, Infant, and Children’s Program—WIC is a supplemental food program for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, infants and children
If eligible for an ORCA LIFT card, you may also be eligible for:
- Through the Clean Up Lift program, eligible customers can receive $12 off the cost to dispose of garbage and recyclables at King County’s recycling and garbage transfer facilities.
- Sound Transit is offering a 66% discount on solo driver parking permits for transit riders who are qualified for and obtain an ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Transit Card.
- Lime Bike-Lime Access Program: Qualifying users can access Lime’s e-bikes at half price. The ORCA LIFT card is accepted as proof of low-income status when applying for this program.
Your family's monthly income may qualify you for low-cost energy and utility assistance services through Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Utility Discount Program (UDP).
Now there's a more affordable way to get to work, school, shopping, day care or anywhere else you need to go. It's ORCA LIFT, a new, reduced transit fare that can help you get more out of your public transportation system. ORCA LIFT cards can be used for Metro buses for only $1.50 per trip, any time of the day. To qualify, a person's household income must be no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level as established by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.
Resources for health care providers
The Access & Outreach program provides trainings and technical support to our community partners. As the lead Navigator organization in King County under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we help people apply for health insurance coverage, and we also coordinate a network of over 600 Navigators at partner organizations throughout the county.
Health Insurance Open Enrollment Event Calendar
Register up to 24 hours in advance to make an appointment to be seen at an enrollement event (optional)
Why register? Walk-ins are welcomed without an appointment but are seen on a first-come, first-served basis so you will need to be flexible in your schedule while you wait for the next available Navigator to assist you. If you register in advance, you will know what time you'll be seen which can be helpful to plan your day.
Get help from the Access and Outreach team
|Callista Kennedy (English)
|Jennifer Covert (English)
|Ben Huh (English/Korean)
|Nai Saechao (English/Mien)
|Claudia Sierra (Spanish)
|Javier Amaya (English/Spanish)
Contact the Community Health Access Program (CHAP): We can help you find a dentist, doctor or nurse and quality health care you can afford. We also handle complaints about health insurance or other services provided by the King County Navigators at Public Health. Interpreters are available.
|Willie Allen (English)
|Carmen Olvera (English/Spanish)
|Cristel Solis-Barrientos (English/Spanish)
|Yvette Angel (English/Spanish)
|Leticia Vargas (English/Spanish)
|Miguel Urquiza (English/Spanish)
|Cindy Mai (English/Vietnamese)
|Bishaw Gezie (Amharic)
|Fartun Mohamed (English/Somali)
Where to send applications and documents
Access & Outreach
Public Health - Seattle & King County
401 5th Ave., Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104
Or fax the application to 206-296-0881
Link/share our site at www.kingcounty.gov/outreach