Free or low-cost health insurance available for Whidbey Island kids
June 25, 2008 · Updated 12:48 PM
"Many families on Whidbey qualify for free or low-cost health insurance for infants through teenagers. The programs are flexible and cover kids in many types of households: * Kids with single parents* Kids with two parents* Kids with working parents* Young adults (under 19)* Kids living with grandparents* Non-citizen kids, other family or friendsThe health insurance programs cover a full range of services to keep children healthy. Among them are doctor and nurse visits; hospital and emergency care; dental care; prescriptions; check-ups and immunizations; eyeglasses and hearing aids; physical and speech therapy; family planning; transportation for office visits; counseling and more.Families are urged not to wait until someone is sick or has an accident to apply. Once a child is eligible, you will get more information on how to get care.To find out if your children qualify, call Whidbey General Hospital, 321-7656 ext. 4005, for some pre-screening questions. If it looks like you might qualify, one of the hospital's financial counselors can help with the application. The process is easy, and many working families qualify. Income, family size (be sure to include a pregnancy as a family member) and some monthly expenses are reviewed for eligibility. Once you apply, it takes six weeks or less to find out if your kids are eligible, so early application is encouraged. Every child deserves to be healthy, said a hospital spokesperson. Health insurance helps kids stay healthy, but more than 100,000 children and teenagers in Washington State don't have health insurance. Now, many families can get free or low-cost health insurance for their kids. Stop worrying about health care expenses. Call now for information. "