About Us

Who are we?

Despite passage of the Affordable Care Act, access to healthcare across Washington continues to be a challenge. Many are now covered by Medicaid, but Washington does not have enough Medicaid providers to care to all patients. 

Additionally, for people whose income falls between 139% and 200% of the federal poverty level, the cost of the healthcare premiums and copays are not affordable. For undocumented workers and legal immigrants new to the United States, the Affordable Care Act provides no healthcare support.

Hundreds of thousands of patients are still without access to healthcare and many are served exclusively through the work of free and charitable clinics.

For more information about Washington's healthcare safety net, please see our 2016 report, An Assessment of Primary Care Capacity in Washington State.

We support the free and charitable heatlhcare organizations that provide care for people left out of the current system.

How do I become a member?

Regular membership in WHAA is available to any nonprofit organization that provides or supports healthcare access for patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Associate membership is available to both individuals and organizations who wish to support the work of WHAA, but who do not otherwise qualify for regular membership. 

Our membership application is available here. Membership dues are tax deductible.

How can I support this work?

There are many ways to support this work, including:

Volunteer your time or professional services. We can always use your help!

Support our annual conference as an exhibitor. Sponsorship levels start at $500. Contact us for more information.

Make a financial donation to WHAA. Contributions are fully tax deductible.

Volunteer at a free clinic near you. Contact us for information about free clinic volunteer needs in your community.

Donate your used vehicle. Running or not, your used car, truck, boat, motorcycle, plane, waterski, snomobile or bus has value, as long as you have the title to it. There is no cost to you and your donation is tax deductible. Vehicles and be located anywhere in the United States.

Serve on our board of trustees.

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