by Carolyn Bick
Washington State’s undocumented workers waiting for the same kind of economic relief their documented peers receive will have to keep waiting, Gov. Jay Inslee’s office told the Emerald. They also won’t be eligible for the state’s first public option health program, Cascade Care, when it begins next year.
In late May, Inslee said his office was looking into the possibility of creating a novel coronavirus pandemic relief fund for undocumented workers, who are ineligible to receive unemployment benefits or federal economic relief. In an email to the Emerald on July 10, Inslee’s Deputy Communications Director and Press Secretary Mike Faulk said that the reason a fund is taking so long is due to a number of factors, including the complexity of the task and the recent mandate that requires certain staff members to take one furlough day per week, in an effort to cut costs.
Continue reading Undocumented Workers Must Wait on COVID-19 Relief Fund, Will Not Be Eligible for State’s First Public Option Health Program
By Carolyn Bick
When Marva Harris first adopted grandson Jeremiah in 2013, the then-infant’s tiny body was covered in eczema from head to toe. While a United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that it’s increasingly more common for Black children to suffer from the skin disease, Jeremiah was “in pretty bad shape.” Continue reading Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic to Open Second Location
by Susan Fried
The fifth Seattle/King County Clinic starts Thursday September 20 at KeyArena. More than 4,000 people will descend on Seattle Center seeking free medical, vision, and dental care over the four days of the clinic. According to the Clinic’s website, the clinic has provided 16,300 patients with almost $14 million in direct services given by more than 13,800 volunteers over the past four years. This is an incredible accomplishment, and I am even considering getting in line myself on September 20 for some vision or dental care because neither are covered under my incredibly expensive health insurance policy.
Continue reading OPINION: One of the Largest Free Healthcare Clinics in the Country Proves We Need a Single Payer System