Seattle Children’s is committed to caring for all children in our region, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Through their unsurpassed quality of clinical care, relentless spirit of inquiry and compassion for children and families, they are driven by the belief that every child should have the opportunity to live a healthy and full life.
In 2021, Seattle Children’s provided more than $246 million in uncompensated care for medical expenses and support services. Since 2017, the amount of financial support provided through the uncompensated care fund has increased by 50% and the need is expected to continue to grow.
Because of this vital fund, Seattle Children’s is able to give every child who walks through their door the exact medical care and social services support they need. It’s a place where everyone is on a level playing field, and that can be hard to find in our changing world, particularly within healthcare.
Your support helps ensure that no matter how medically complex or costly a patient’s care may be, Seattle Children’s is able to say yes to caring for all children in our region.
Thanks to a lead gift from the Ellison Foundation in 2016, Seattle Children’s has established funding that allows families to apply for modest amounts of financial support (up to $3,000) that is needed to cover imminent expenses, repairs, and services. By doing so, families can return home and resume the stable life they had before their child got sick. This one-time support can save a family from eviction, long-term credit problems, and the many hardships that are triggered by shelter insecurity.
The Homelessness Prevention Fund is not the first option – social workers work with families to determine whether they qualify for government and state assistance first before directing them to apply for support from the fund. To date, 99% of families that received one-time funding have managed to stay in their homes. The immediate and long-term impact of this assistance is profound. Last year Seattle Children’s distributed financial assistance to 258 families living with a very sick child and the threat of housing instability.
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