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What's New

New NoHLA brochure on Individual Health
Insurance in Washington State

Just in time for Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage, this brochure helps you understand the lay of the land so you can be more informed when you enroll. Open enrollment for 2015 begins on November 15 and ends February 15.

 


NoHLA Survey of Health Care Navigators
and Assisters Identifies Issues that Need Attention

Washington has been largely successful in its rollout of health reform coverage expansions. But improvements are needed in some areas, and affordability is still a problem, according to NoHLA's new report on a survey of health care navigators and assisters.

Read our Report

 


Just Became Pregnant?

Enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) and just became pregnant? Read this FAQ to see how pregnancy may affect your health care coverage.

 


Summarizing Outcome of the 2014 Washington Legislature ’s Actions Related to Health Care Access

NoHLA’s summary of bills that passed and were signed by the Governor and the summary of provisions in the Supplemental Operating Budget that relate to health care access click here.

 


U.S. Senator Patty Murray
Highlights the ACA’s Positive Impact on Women
Carrie and Ingrid featured in Senate speech

Recovering from ram attack, Carrie Little, an Orting Farmer praises her new coverage and urges lawmakers to support the Basic health Option. See her Guest Opinion in Crosscut

More of NoHLA's stories are featured on CoverageIsHere.wa.gov and in our media archives.


Adult Dental is back!

Thanks to a strong advocacy effort last year, the Washington Legislature restored dental services to all Medicaid adults, including the new expansion group, effective January 1, 2014. Adult dental benefits had been severely limited in 2011 as a result of recessionary budget cuts (children’s dental benefits were not affected). This fact sheet contains information about what’s covered.


 

Coverage is Here!
Insurance Options in Washington

Washington Healthplan finder

Read our overview of Health Reform in Washington State and our more detailed guide to Coverage Options in Washington State. Then visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org to explore your options and sign up.

IN THE MEDIA

Free Clinic 2014 Meet  Robert

In 2014,more than 600,000 Washingtonians gained health insurance, many for the first time. This is a giant step forward. However, some are still falling through the cracks. Meet Robert, a middle-aged father of three who rode his bicycle from West Seattle to the Seattle Center, in a downpour, hoping to receive care at a free clinic. His story, on Roberta Riley’s latest blog, exemplifies the plight of many lower income people who simply cannot afford the Qualified Health Plans offered on our state exchange.

 

Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to achieve a seamless health care system, in which all individuals receive affordable, quality care, and are assured of basic rights and protections.

Our work focuses on issues of concern to low-income individuals and families, particularly in Washington State. Please see NoHLA Advocacy for information about NoHLA's recent work.

NoHLA's work involves:

  • Legal consultation to attorneys and advocates on public health insurance programs
  • Legal and policy analysis
  • Training and community education
  • Legislative and administrative advocacy

 

Cathy Aby"Within weeks of NoHLA's Medicaid training, I was able to use the information you taught us to identify numerous cases in which families were wrongly denied coverage—and to bring those cases forward to get them resolved.

By giving all of us tools and knowledge to successfully advocate for people, NoHLA has impacted so many lives – making healthcare accessible and helping families avoid financial disaster."

~ Cathy Aby, Health Educator,Public Health – Seattle & King County