Access to Healthcare
Seattle Children's provides necessary medical care to all children in our region, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. In 2011, Children’s provided $103 million of uncompensated care, including $8.5 million in financial assistance to families in need.
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.
Low-cost health insurance
To learn more about free or low-cost health insurance for children, visit Washington Apple Health for Kids or ParentHelp123.
Ways to Help
Sometimes, even having a good income and health insurance is not enough to cover a child's healthcare needs. Watch Noah's story.
You can help: Your gift helps ensure that every child in our region who needs the care of Children’s expert doctors and nurses can get it.
Please give as generously as you can. Donate now.
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