Cute diverse elementary, preteen and teen friends hold 'Thank You!' sign in their neighborhood park.  It is a sunny summer day.

Thank your lawmakers for investing in community health!

The 2024 Legislative Session is over, and our lawmakers included funding to protect and expand access to programs that support the health of Washington’s communities. Fill out the form to the right to thank your lawmakers for helping to ensure the Legislature funded the following programs:  

Apple Health Expansion to cover uninsured adults
This year’s investment of $28.4 million means several thousand additional undocumented individuals will be able to enroll in health care coverage when the Apple Health Expansion program launches on July 1, 2024. To put it more tangibly, this can mean finally having access to:

  • Lifesaving care for the parent facing a terminal illness
  • Consistent, preventive, care for the student working to complete their degree
  • Affordable treatment for the injured worker
  • Improved collective wellbeing for our entire state

This care will change lives!

School-based health programs and services
With $2 million in capital funding appropriated for eight school-based health capital projects, including six community health center projects, plus an additional $500 thousand in increased operating budget funding to expand the Department of Health’s school-based health center grant program, more students will have access to care where they are, at school. School-based health centers provide a wide range of services that keep students, families, and communities healthy, including behavioral health services, annual primary care visits, and dental care.

Community Dental Clinics
The Legislature appropriated $4.9 million in capital funding for new and expanded oral health facilities at three community health centers: CHAS Health, Moses Lake Community Health Center, and Community Health Center of Snohomish and Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. These funds go to establishing, expanding, or updating dental clinic facilities and equipment, which means improved access to desperately needed dental services by increasing the number of patients the clinic can see and reducing wait times.