KING5 TV special explains how to get in the health care game

Health Care: Time to Get in the Game - KING5 live TV special featured Executive Dow Constantine (lower left) and Public Health’s Patty Hayes (third from right) as panelists and in the studio audience.

KING 5’s live TV special “Health Care: Get in the Game” featured Executive Constantine (lower left) and Public Health’s Patty Hayes (third from right) as panelists. Photo courtesy of KING 5.

With less than a month until enrollment opens for the Washington Healthplanfinder, there’s a lot still to learn. KING 5 News offered viewers a one-hour special broadcast, after Thursday Night Football on Sept. 5, to help answer a lot of those questions. They called it “Health Care: Time to Get in the Game.”

KING 5 featured six different themes and panels, with leaders and experts including King County Executive Dow Constantine, Public Health — Seattle & King County’s Patty Hayes, Congressman Jim McDermott, Region X Health and Human Services Director Susan Johnson, and Gov. Jay Inslee’s Health Policy Adviser Bob Crittenden (the governor also joined one panel via video-link).

The panelists answered questions from community stakeholders and moderator Jean Enersen in a town hall-style setting.

When asked to comment on the multi-faceted health insurance enrollment efforts in King County, Executive Constantine explained:

“All of our agencies interact with the public, whether it’s licensing or permitting, all across the county,” he said. “And then our partners — nonprofit organizations, churches, unions, anyone who has a constituency — we’re helping train them to bring people in and help them connect with health care.” 

Watch the full segment at KING 5 and learn more about the in-person-assister network composed of partners from 23 community organizations here.

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