The government consuls of Mexico, Peru and El Salvador are helping to boost health care enrollment for immigrants across King County.These international partnerships will ensure cultural and linguistic barriers don’t prevent eligible residents in local Latino communities from getting insured.
Improving enrollment resources for underserved or hard-to-reach communities is a key part of King County’s strategy to achieve “full enrollment” for all eligible residents. Nearly half of adult Latinos in King County are uninsured, the highest rate of any ethnic group.
Public Health – Seattle & King County hosted a meeting with the three consuls in October to brief them on outreach strategies, discuss issues specific to the Latino community and explain how they can be part of local efforts to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act and Washington Healthplanfinder.
And, this weekend (Nov. 2), the annual Latino Community Funds Summit will focus on health care, including a presentation about enrollment efforts under the Affordable Care Act.
Already, several dozen immigrants found enrollment assistance through Seattle’s Mexican consulate, which hosts a Public Health In-Person Assister at its established “Health Window” on select Fridays.
“Health Windows” (or “Ventanillas de Salud”) is a nation-wide program at Mexican consulates, aimed at providing basic health services (such as screenings, preventive tests and hospital referrals) to immigrants.
The Health Window at Seattle’s Mexican consulate now serves as a hub for members of the local Latino community seeking information about the Affordable Care Act or need help with their coverage applications. The Consulate of El Salvador is also planning to establish its own Health Window.