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WAHA is a nonprofit organization based in Bellingham, Washington whose mission is to connect people to health care and facilitate transformation of the current system into one that improves health, reduces cost and improves the experience of care.

WAHA is dedicated to promoting access to health care services for all members of our community. We do this by providing resources to those who need assistance getting health care or obtaining health insurance, providing information to elected officials and decision makers about health care policies, convening community stakeholders, and by facilitating the transformation of the health care system into one that honors and serves our entire community.

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The Future of Affordable Care: Threats and Opportunities

NEW – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PROGRAM FOR THE EVENT

Whatcom County, WA – A public forum on “The Future of Affordable Care: Threats and Opportunities” will be held on April 20, 7-9 PM in Bellingham at the Health Education Center.

In the midst of national discussion and debate about the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also called “ObamaCare”) and the recently proposed American Health Care Act (“TrumpCare”), this local forum gives community members the chance to learn about and discuss the issues as they affect Washington State and Whatcom County.

A panel of local health care experts and community leaders will share their perspectives, followed by audience Q & A and discussion. The forum is organized by the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA), and staff will be available on-site following the event to answer individuals’ specific questions. The event is free and open to the public.

Over 20,000 Whatcom County residents have enrolled in Medicaid (AppleHealth) since Washington’s Medicaid expanded as part of the ACA. Another 5,466 Whatcom residents received subsidies (tax credits) to make buying health insurance through the Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s on-line insurance marketplace, more affordable.

Event Details:

Thurs, April 20, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

St Luke’s Health Education Center,
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98225
Open to the public; no RSVP required.

Sponsored by the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA), a local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting access to health care services for all members of our community. WAHA’s mission is to connect people to health care and to facilitate transformation of the current system into one that improves health, reduces cost and improves the experience of care.

Special thanks to Unity Care NW and PeaceHealth for their support of this event.

For further information contact:

Nicolas Jensen

Development Associate & Navigator Program Manager

Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA)

(360) 788-6597 | ntjensen@hinet.org



2017 Free Tax Preparation Sites

Want help preparing your taxes? Don’t fret! Whatcom County has a number of locations that are offering free tax preparation assistance. Don’t delay – federal tax payments and personal income tax filings for the 2016 tax year are due on April 18, 2017. Click here for more information!



WAHA is looking for new SHIBA volunteers!

Understanding and paying for health care is challenging. People need answers. Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) is a statewide network of trained volunteers who connect families, seniors and others to the answers they need in regards to Medicare federal health insurance and options. Volunteers receive valuable professional training and are supported staff and volunteer mentors. Check out our “GET INVOLVED” section to learn more!



Open Enrollment Period is Closed But You May Qualify for a Special Enrollment!

Need health insurance? You may qualify for free or low cost healthcare coverage! Call now to schedule a free, confidential, and unbiased appointment to enroll into the Washington Healthplanfinder with a local Navigator! Not in Whatcom County? No worries! You can call any of our enrollment partners to get more information about healthcare coverage options available in your area.



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