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Health & Medicine

Find a healthcare plan, accessibility information, health information, and news.

COVID-19 Local Health Insurance Assistance

There are free, local resources to help navigate insurance if you’ve lost employer insurance, or do not have any insurance. Unity Care NW and SeaMar community health centers have state-trained insurance navigators for the state Healthplan Finder website. If you had employer health insurance, you should report your loss of insurance within 60 days on the Healthplan Finder to see what type of insurance you are qualified for. Insurance navigators are available to help guide through the process and answer questions.

SeaMar Community Health Center
Health insurance enrollment into expanded medicaid and qualified health plans, community resources, help with forms with financial assistance, sliding fee scale, Rx assistance, help with basic food application assistance and classic Medicaid DSHS programs. Limited assistance with Medicare counseling.

Unity Care NW
Helping community members access insurance coverage and learn about other options for accessing affordable care.

Free to Bellingham Public Library Cardholders

Family Health Databases
Articles on subjects from sports injuries to women’s health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry. Includes medical journals such as The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine as well as a selection of consumer and news magazines.

ProQuest Research Library: Health & Medicine
A research platform comprised of scholarly journals, professional and trade publications, and magazines covering health and medicine.

Recommended Websites

Aging & Disability Resources from the Northwest Regional Council
Information and assistance regarding community resources for older adults and people with disabilities. Assistance with determining eligibility for specific programs and help accessing services.

Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest
Assistance for refugees and immigrants in Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties with employment, education, and health care navigation.

Sea Mar Community Health Center
Health insurance enrollment into expanded medicaid and qualified health plans, community resources, help with forms with financial assistance, sliding fee scale, Rx assistance, help with basic food application assistance and classic Medicaid DSHS programs. Limited assistance with Medicare counseling.

Washington Healthplanfinder
Small businesses and individuals can compare and contrast health plans available to them in Washington State.

Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement
WAHA stopped services June 30, 2019, but the link above does offer information on who may now covers these services in place of WAHA.

Whatcom County Health Department
Birth or death certificates, food worker cards, emergency preparation, and health issues in Whatcom County.

Whatcom Med Return
Get rid of your old meds quickly, safely, easily. There are over a dozen drop off locations in Whatcom County. No ID, forms, or interaction required.

Center for Disease Control
Information on  diseases, both chronic and acute, and treatments.

U.S. Department of Labor Disability Resources
Online resource for American with disabilities, including information on federal benefits, health employment, education, housing, transportation, and more.

Healthcare.gov
A good starting point for information about the Affordable Health Care Act. This is the official consumer site for the Health Insurance Marketplace, and provides resources that help to explain the application process and how to get additional assistance.

Medline Plus
One of the best sites for health information. A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Includes fact sheets for health topics, drugs, and supplements.