Latinos have biggest need for insurance, can get help March 1

With a March 31 deadline approaching to enroll in a health insurance plan through Washington Healthplanfinder, local organizations, Latin American consulates and Public Health – Seattle & King County are coming together to hold an enrollment event on Saturday, March 1 in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood.

Latino familyThere’s a big need for health insurance among Latinos. In King County, Latinos are nearly four times as likely to be uninsured as Whites. The vast majority of them are newly eligible for low-cost or free health insurance.  For the first time, many Latinos who have not had access to health insurance now have a way to get insurance and find a plan that meets their needs and budget.

A team of bilingual “In-Person Assisters” will setup shop inside South Park Community Center in Seattle, from noon-3:30pm, and help: 

  • Enroll residents in the plan that best fits their needs
  • Determine whether or not residents are eligible for financial help
  • Compare brand new plans side-by-side
  • Review the website in Spanish and other languages.

Each health insurance plan covers the most important services, including visits to the doctor, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency services, preventive care, medical prescriptions and more.

Partners for this event include the Consulates of Mexico, El Salvador, and Peru, Public Health-Seattle & King County, WithinReach, and UW Nursing students.

While anyone can enroll online at the state’s new insurance website, Washington Healthplanfinder, this event will help anyone who needs help navigating or accessing the site.

Background: As of February 12, more than 102,000 King County residents were enrolled in new insurance plans. King County’s in-person assister network has helped more than 20,000 of these complete their online applications.  In King County, residents can choose from more than 30 different insurance plans.

Online help is also available in Spanish.

Event details:

When:  Saturday, March 1st, noon to 3:30pm.

Where: South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S, Seattle 98108

At 1pm, the Mexican, Salvadoran, and Peruvian Consuls will speak briefly about the importance of health insurance enrollment for Latinos.

What people should bring to be ready to enroll:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Birthdays
  • Passport, alien, or other immigration numbers for any lawfully present immigrants who need health care coverage
  • Income information for all adults and all minors age 14 or older who are required to file a tax return
  • Information about health insurance available to your family


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