If you don't qualify for Medicare and you're searching for health care coverage, consider these options:
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (www.doh.wa.gov) - Provides free breast-, cervical- and colon-cancer screenings to low-income people in Washington state.
Disease and disability support groups
- Groups such as the American Cancer Society or the Multiple Sclerosis Society offer some financial and support services. Contact your local group or to find your local group, Washington 2-1-1 provides contact information for local groups via the web or by calling 2-1-1 (win211.org).
- Apple Health - Aged, blind or disabled (www.hca.wa.gov) - Provides health care coverage and helps pay for Medicare premiums and medical expenses for people age 65 and older, blind, or disabled and who meet income and resource requirements..
- Apple Health for Workers with Disabilities (HWD) program (www.hca.wa.gov) - Helps working people with disabilities age 16 through 64 buy health care coverage.
- Community Living Connections (www.washingtoncommunitylivingconnections.org) - Helps people of all ages, disabilities and income levels, their caregivers, legal representatives and families get the right home and community-based supports and services at the right time, in the right place.
- Evergreen Health Insurance Program (www.ehip.org) - Helps you pay your insurance premiums if you have AIDS.
- HIV Care - Client Services (www.doh.wa.gov) - Provides programs to help people with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) get medical and supportive care services.
- Kidney Disease Program (www.hca.wa.gov) - KDP is a state-funded program that helps low-income, eligible clients with treatment costs for end-stage renal disease.
Contact your local health department (www.doh.wa.gov) for help with your care.