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Community Benefit and Advocacy

Access to Healthcare


Uncompensated Care

Seattle Children's provides necessary medical care to all children in our region, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. In 2012, Children’s provided $114 million of uncompensated care.

Preventive Care and Access to Health Insurance

Children's healthcare is an inexpensive investment with a great payoff. Regular healthcare, immunizations and early diagnosis reduce the likelihood of children getting more costly, disabling or life-threatening conditions.

Delaying healthcare costs more than covering children. Research shows that regular, preventive care for children enrolled in Medicaid decreases emergency room use and hospitalizations.

Seattle Children's is a powerful advocate for children and families working to expand access to healthcare that children need to grow and thrive. We are a founding member and active partner in the Health Coalition for Children and Youth, which advocates for state and federal policies to help children get the health care and preventive services they need. The coalition successfully championed Washington State’s 2007 Cover All Kids law, which expanded access to health coverage for children and launched Apple Health for Kids. Thanks to these efforts, approximately 97% of Washington children are privately insured or covered by Apple Health for Kids.

Health insurance changes may affect some families’ coverage at Children’s

Since all Americans are now required to have health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace was designed to meet that requirement. The Marketplace (also called an Exchange) is a one-stop shop to find, compare and buy private health insurance options. Our state’s Exchange is Washington Healthplanfinder. Plans on the Exchange begin coverage Jan. 1, 2014. 

Exchange plans from Group Health and Community Health Plan of Washington (Community HealthEssentials) include “in-network” coverage for care at Children’s. Other plans do not, which is concerning because many of the services we provide are unique and not available anywhere else in the state.

Ways to help

Find out how you can help get more families covered.

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External Affairs, 206-987-6197