Project Access Northwest
Project Access Northwest is a non-profit 501(c)3 formed in 2006 to improve access to specialty health care for low-income and uninsured patients. It matches volunteer specialty care providers and hospital partners with carefully pre-screened patients in need of care. Originally started in King County (Washington state), it has since expanded its service area to include Kitsap and Snohomish counties. Project Access Northwest also provides dental care in King County to qualifying Northwest Kidney Center patients.
From the beginning, Project Access Northwest has specialized in Care Coordination, matching volunteer specialty care providers and hospital partners with carefully pre-screened patients in need of care.
Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the need for better access to health care services — especially specialty dental care — remains. Project Access Northwest remains committed to matching patients in need with caring volunteer providers and to developing innovative programs that improve health care access in the region.
It also developed the statewide Premium Assistance program to assist those who are eligible to purchase private health insurance on the Washington Health Benefits Exchange but for whom paying the premiums is a financial hardship.