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HCA stories are also cross-posted on our Medium blog.

Mar

30

2021

A political refugee from Vietnam, Dr. DoQuyen Huynh, who goes by “Quyen,” came to Seattle at age 11 with her parents and four siblings. She found herself acting as the family’s translator, and helping her parents navigate a complex and unfamiliar public health care system at a time when...

Mar

23

2021

  March 23 marks the 11-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law. Before the ACA, thousands of low-income adults in Washington had few options for health care coverage. With the provision in the ACA that allowed states to expand Medicaid to more eligible...

Mar

12

2021

After many years of living with untreated mental health conditions, Tiffany developed a substance use disorder as a means of coping with pain. She lost custody of her children, leading her further into struggles with mental health and substance use. Tiffany experienced homelessness and a strong...

Mar

1

2021

Every year basketball fans are excited to celebrate the collegiate basketball tournament series known as March Madness. During this time, the gambling public will spend approximately $10 billion wagering on the outcomes of the games played. In response to this, March was selected as ...

Jan

26

2021

We are emerging from one of the most unusual years in our lifetime. It was a difficult year for many of us. We thank our employees for their resiliency and continuing to support those we serve even as we work remotely. We also are grateful for our partners and sister agencies, and community...

Jan

21

2021

Nicole and her wife were without health insurance when they got married. Young and healthy, they didn’t realize how quickly things could change. Nicole’s wife started having chronic stomach pains that would leave her ill for days. She had to postpone going to the doctor because they couldn’t afford...

Dec

21

2020

Expecting their second child, Angela and her family were living in an area with limited access to medical care. Not only was her daughter behind on immunizations, but Angela felt their options to access health care were limited. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had been planning a move to...

Nov

16

2020

  Ronni, mother of six, knows what it’s like to not be able to afford the resources her family needs. When she lost her income due to a work-related injury, she became homeless with her 1-year old son. Over the next several years her Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage offered...

Oct

6

2020

The following story was submitted by Frank Sikorski, a Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) client who was laid off from his job at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how Apple Health supported his family and offered comfort in their time of need. I have always been well...

Oct

6

2020

Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) have received and distributed a whopping 4.4 million pieces of personal protection equipment (PPE) to those in need. Above: Healthier Here ACH in Seattle collecting PPE to distribute to their region. HCA recently asked health care providers,...

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