Volunteers

Volunteer and Retired Providers Program

Are you interested in volunteering your skills as a healthcare provider? We need you! Join the network of licensed healthcare professionals that provide free care to patients left out of the healthcare system. 

The Volunteer and Retired Providers Program (VRP) supports healthcare volunteerism in Washington State by paying malpractice insurance premiums for licensed healthcare volunteers providing care to underserved patients.

Volunteers who use their Washington State professional license only for volunteer work are also eligible for license renewal. All professional license costs are covered (other than late fees and testing fees).

What’s Covered?

The VRP program provides coverage for non-invasive care.

Non-invasive medical care includes the administration of injections, suturing of minor lacerations, and the incision of boils and superficial abscesses. Obstetric care and procedures coded as surgery are not covered under non-invasive medical care. 

Non-invasive dental care includes diagnosis, oral hygiene, restoration and extraction. Orthodontia and surgical treatments are not covered by VRP malpractice insurance.

The insurance is claims made and covers $1,000,000 per incident, $5,000,000 aggregate. Professionally employed healthcare providers with site-specific malpractice insurance coverage are eligible for this benefit.

If you are only using your professional license for unpaid work, the Department of Health will renew it at no cost to you. 

Ready to Volunteer?

Join the more than 2,000 VRP-covered volunteers across Washington State providing much-needed healthcare to underserved patients. All healthcare providers with a Washington State active or retired active license, or providers licensed in the U.S. who wish to volunteer at a VRP-approved site in Washington State, are eligible. There is no minimum volunteer time commitment. 

Malpractice Coverage:

Volunteer Malpractice Application (editable PDF)

List of Approved Volunteer Sites

License Renewal:

If you are only using your professional license for unpaid work, the Department of Health will renew it at no cost to you. 

License Renewal Form

Please email, fax or send your license renewal form to the Washington State Department of Health with you license renewal card within 90 days of your renewal date. 

Please contact us if you need support with your application or have any questions at all. We're here to help!

Out of State Volunteers

Out of state providers are also eligible to volunteer in Washington State! Even if you don’t hold a Washington State credential, if you’re licensed in another US jurisdiction, you can volunteer in Washington State up to 30 days per year, as long as you attest to meeting all legal requirements.

There are two steps to volunteering in Washington:

  1. Please submit your online attestation at least 10 working days (not including Saturdays, Sundays, and Washington State holidays) in advance of your volunteer start date.
  2. Optional: Out of state volunteers are also eligible for malpractice insurance to cover volunteer work. If you would like malpractice insurance, please fill out the following form: Out of State Volunteer Malpractice Application (editable PDF)

Continuing Education

Looking for free and low cost continuing education resources? Our partners at the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center have you covered.

VRP FAQs

VRP Program History

The VRP Program is funded by the Washington State Department of Health. The state legislature created the Program in 1992 (RCW 43.70.470). To date, there are nearly 2,000 healthcare volunteers enrolled in this program. Engrossed House Bill 2351 authorizes healthcare providers licensed in another US jurisdiction to volunteer in Washington State, even if they do not hold a Washington State credential.

For Clinics

Please navigate to our "VRP Program for Clinics" page to access clinic-centric VRP resources!

 

Please contact us if you need support with your application or have any questions at all. We're here to help!

Washington Healthcare Access Alliance, VRP Program 
PO Box 14506
Seattle, WA 98114

Phone number: (267) 713-9422
Fax number: (206) 260-8859
Email: vrp@wahealthcareaccessalliance.org