City council tour de force: 37 presentations in 60 days or less

Where the uninsured are in King County: Maps showing "hot zones" of uninsured residents -- before and after health reform.

Maps showing “hot zones” of uninsured residents — before and after health reform.

Leaders of nearly every city and town in King County are getting prepped for the new health insurance system — and learning how they can turn their piece of the pied county map blue.

Leaving no corner untouched by health reform outreach, King County has scheduled a total of 37 meetings with city councils and unincorporated councils in King County. These presentations brief local leadership about resources available in their communities, including enrollment events and organizations that provide In-Person Assistance.

The briefings also allow communities to see where they stand in terms of the number of uninsured people, and how many stand to benefit from low-cost or free insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder. Data from each city also show a forecast of how the rate of uninsured can improve if outreach efforts succeed. (See below for links to city-level data.)

Innovation and collaboration are critical. Cities are encouraged to reach uninsured populations through hyper-local networks, such as schools, community centers, libraries, health care providers, and homeless centers. Additionally, council members are asked to champion health insurance coverage in their areas by promoting and attending enrollment events.

The King County policy expert “Fall 2013 Tour” is coming to a city near you:

Week of September 2:
9/3 – City of Redmond
9/3 – City of Newcastle
9/4 – City Managers meeting
9/5 – North Highline UAC

Week of September 9:
9/9 – City of Skykomish
9/9 – City of Snoqualmie
9/9 – City of Tukwila
9/9 – City of Kenmore
9/10 – City of Algona
9/10 – City of Covington
9/12 – City of Duvall
9/13 – Fall City Community Association

Week of September 16:
9/16 – City of Milton
9/16 – City of Auburn
9/17 – City of Carnation
9/17 – White Center CDA
9/17 – City of Bothell
9/17 – City of Black Diamond
9/17 – City of North Bend
9/18 – Four Creeks UAC

Week of September 23:
9/23 – City of Maple Valley
9/23 – City of Bellevue
9/23 – City of Pacific
9/23 – City of Enumclaw
9/23 – City of Issaquah
9/24 – City of SeaTac 9/26 – City of Des Moines
9/26 – City of Lake Forest Park

Week of September 30:
9/30 – City of Shoreline
10/1 – City of Sammamish
10/1 – City of Kent
10/1 – City of Kirkland

Week of October 7:
10/7 – City of Burien
10/7 – City of Renton
10/7 – Greater Maple Valley Community Association

Week of October 14:
10/15 – West Hill Community Council

Week of October 21:
10/21 – Vashon/Maury Island Community Council

TBD:
Federal Way

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