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Jun

21

2021

“I didn’t realize I could have health care while I tried to take care of my family,” said Amy, Washington Apple In the past year, Amy learned no matter your job or how well you plan, you never know when you’ll need extra help. “I couldn’t plan for a pandemic or for my mom to go through...

May

14

2021

Helping families on the dementia journey Around 120,000 people in Washington state have Alzheimer’s disease or another other type of dementia, and an estimated 295,000 unpaid family caregivers provide care or support for a relative. Receiving a diagnosis of any dementia is overwhelming - raising...

May

7

2021

  2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHA) annual National Prevention Week. During the week of May 9-15, communities and organizations across ​the country will come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use...

May

4

2021

After graduating with her master’s degree, Val struggled to find employment and her mental health took a toll. After hearing about Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) through a friend, she applied for coverage through wahealthplanfinder.org. Applying was easy and when she reached out to a...

Apr

28

2021

  HCA encourages Washingtonians to pause and care for their mental health. Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Ask for help when you need it, utilize resources, and take time for self-care. Mental health activities Celebrate mental health month with a webinar...

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...

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...

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