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Health Services & Information

The Health Services office can provide you with First-Aid supplies, condoms, over-the-counter medications, confidential referrals for any health-related concerns and a wide assortment of informational pamphlets and brochures. The office also offers programming to heighten the awareness of issues regarding health, and co-sponsors a variety of events throughout the year.

Health insurance information and consumer information packets are available in the Student Life office. Many of the agencies or insurance companies featured in our health insurance information packets are listed below. Skagit Valley College is very concerned with your mental and physical health. Please allow us to help, as you need it.

Health insurance not only protects you physically but fiscally. Even if you have heard that certain programs such as Basic Health are no longer enrolling, apply anyway! Assume that you are eligible until you are told otherwise. Many SVC students have been successfully enrolled in insurance programs with the help of the Health Services office. This is a district wide service available to all SVC students, their families and the community at large. SVC Health Services Office is very happy to help you apply for insurance and understand coverage questions.

Insurance and Public Health Programs

The following is a list of local clinics, agencies, and insurance companies that could be useful to you as you look for coverage. Remember you can always email Brian Murphy with questions.

LewerMark Health Insurance --- International Students Only

International students attending Skagit Valley College are required to have health insurance. International students may purchase health insurance in their home country or they may purchase the LewerMark Plus program offered from LewerMark Insurance. The Health Services office will help you enroll in the LewerMark Insurance program, understand coverage or exclusions and file claims if needed. Some limited information about the coverage is available on the website in the following languages, Korean, Chinese, Spanish and Japanese. The cost per quarter is $174.00 and a year is $696.00. Students enrolling are required to purchase coverage for a year. Coverage may be purchased through the college cashier. If you have questions please email Brian MurphyLewerMark Plus Health Insurance for International Students.

Basic Health of Washington State

The Basic Health is a state sponsored health insurance program for low to moderate-income residents of WA state. Basic Health is currently enrolling; many students are eligible for coverage. Applications may be downloaded from this site. Help with filling out the application is available at the Health Services office on the Mount Vernon campus or over the phone. Basic Health Program.

Healthy Kids Now!

Infants through teenagers can receive free or low-cost health insurance.  Many families in Washington State qualify and don't know it.  The programs are flexible and cover kids in many types of households.

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. 

Over 100,000 children and teenagers in Washington State don't have health insurance.  Many families can get free or low-cost health insurance for their kids.   A family of 4 with gross income up to $4,032 a month may be eligible.  Healthy Kids Now.

Within Reach - essential resources for family health - WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

The Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides healthy foods to pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children under the age of five. WIC families receive monthly checks to use at local grocery stores. With the checks, you can get healthy foods such as milk, cheese, cereal, peanut butter, eggs, dried beans, juices and infant formula. WIC also provides services such as nutrition education and breastfeeding support. Eligibility for the program is based on gross monthly income and nutritional need. Your family may still be eligible even if you are working. Within Reach - Wic.

First Steps Program - Maternity Support

First Steps is a program that helps low-income pregnant women get the health and social services they may need. These services will help you be a healthy mother and have a healthy baby. First Steps is available as soon as you know that you are pregnant. After you have your baby or are no longer pregnant, your DSHS medical coverage will continue for two months. This will still be full medical, vision and dental coverage. After two months you will start receiving a Family Planning Only ID card. You will continue to get Family Planning Services for 10 months after other First Steps benefits end. Your baby will receive full medical coverage until his or her first birthday.

First Steps services include: Paid medical bills, Transportation to medical appointments, Child care while at medical appointments, Child birth education, Medical care for your newborn, Help accessing medical care for your children, Drug education and assistance, Family Planning services when your pregnancy ends. Women also receive Maternity Support Services.  Some support services can continue until the baby turns one year old.  First Steps Program

Breast and Cervical Health Program

If you are age 40 - 64, you may be eligible for free or low-cost breast and cervical health screening services. The Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program (WBCHP) in Washington state is designed to provide uninsured and underinsured women aged 40-64 with breast and cervical cancer screenings. The web site was developed to help answer questions, and provide information about the program. If you have any questions that are not answered, please contact the Prime Contractor for your area. The web site contains information on eligibility for participation in the Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program (WBCHP), services that are offered by WBCHP, facts about WBCHP along with some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), current and archived news items and upcoming events, and links to web sites outside of the Washington State Department of Health that may be of interest to you. Breast and Cervical Health Program


Generally, Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, younger people with disabilities and people with End Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplant). Medicare has two parts, Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medicare Insurance).

Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan - Washington State Community College

Summit America insurance plans are designed to help offset the high costs associated with medical care. Our in-house claims paying facility is dedicated to providing friendly service and quick claims processing.

Local Medical Clinics

Planned Parenthood and the Take Charge Program

Planned Parenthood International is a sliding scale reproductive health clinic for men and women. There are clinics in Mount Vernon, Bellingham and Oak Harbor. Planned Parenthood manages the Take Charge Health program, which provides FREE reproductive health care to eligible men and women from age 14.  Most students qualify because parental income is not included in eligibility calculations Planned Parenthood.

Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic

Skagit Valley Medical Center Urgent Care

809 South 15th
Mount Vernon, WA 98274

For your convenience, we offer extended hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00am.  to 8:00pm  
Saturday, Sunday &  Holidays 9:00 am. to  5:00pm
Open all holidays except  Christmas
Phone: 360-428-6434   

Some things  just can't wait...

Skagit Urgent Care offers state-of-the-art, convenient care for conditions that require medical attention, but are not life threatening.

When timely appointments to your primary care physician's office are not available, or after regular office hours, you can count on our professional and licensed staff to provide prompt medical  attention.
We provide care 7 days a week,  on a walk-in basis without a scheduled appointment. Patients are seen on a  "first come - first served" basis. 

Services Available at Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic:
  • Care for non-life  threatening injuries or illness for ages 3 months and above
  • Care for sprains,  strains, fractures and cuts
  • Wound management  
  • STD testing
  • Initial evaluation for  work related injuries
  • Management of acute eye  injuries
  • Ear irrigation  
  • DOT physicals  
  • Sports and camp physicals  for the local community
  • IV hydration and  medication administration as needed
  • Office surgery for  suturing and abscess drainage
  • On-site lab and x-ray  

Skagit Valley Medical Clinic Map
Skagit Valley Medical Center Urgent Care.

Sea Mar Community Health Clinic

Sea Mar Community Health Center was established to provide comprehensive, affordable, and culturally sensitive health and human services to the Latino, low income, disadvantaged, migrant and seasonal farm worker population. A local community need was recognized, beyond the original intent, so the same mission was expanded to include ALL populations, ethnic, income and social groups. There is a medical/dental clinic in Mount Vernon close to the college and a dental clinic in Burlington. Sea Mar Community Health Clinics.

Providence Everett Healthcare Clinic

Open to Everyone The Providence Everett Healthcare Clinic was established for this purpose: To provide basic medical care for people in our community who have had difficulty gaining access to healthcare providers. We welcome patients with Medicaid and Medicare, as well as the insured and the uninsured.

Appointments and Walk-In To allow us to provide the best possible service, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. For urgent needs, we may be able to offer same-day and walk-in appointments based on the availability of our practitioners. Our Clinic is open the following hours: Monday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Thursday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Alternate Saturdays: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm To schedule an appointment, please call (425) 317-0300 Providence Everett Healthcare Clinic

10 Minute Walk-In Clinic

All visits are 10 minutes and each visit costs $35.00. No appointment is necessary just drop in. We treat illness and prescribe medications when you don't want to wait for your regular Doctor.

Some of the conditions the clinic can treat and prescirbe medicaitons for: Infections (sinuses, strep throat, ear ache, asthma, bronchitis, pink eyye and bladder {cystitis}) Skin Problems (rashes, acne, shingles, infrections, insect stings, warts, animal bites, scabies, dermatitis, infected wounds, cryo surgery treatment), Lung Problems (flu, asthma, cough, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy) Eye Conditions (foreign body removal, corneal abrasion, infections (conjunctivitous). Also offered are Handycap Parking Permits, Return-To-Work Notes, Strep Throat Test $10.00, Urinalysis (for infection) $10.00. Not offered are suturing, casting, narcotics or X-ray.

The clinic is located 5 miles east of I-5 (Exit 208) at 540 West Ave. On the corner of SR 530 & West Ave., next to La Hacienda Resturant in the Arlington Pharmacy .open 7 days a week please call for information 360-435-8262.10 Minute Walk-In Clinic

Local Employers offering Health Benefits for Part Time Workers

Many employers in our area offer health insurance benefits to part-time workers. Many students need a local part-time job. If you need a job why not choose an employer who offers benefits to part-time workers? Listed below are the KNOWN employers who offer part-time workers benefits. There may be others.  Also compare the benefits offered by different employers. They vary a great deal, some benefits begin right away, others do not. Don't be afraid to ask detailed questions about benefit plans when you apply with an employer, businesses compete for qualified workers, make them work for you. Need help understanding your options ... we can help!


Costco has one of the most competitive benefits packages in the industry. Not only do we provide our employees with a full spectrum of benefits, but employees also may elect coverage for their spouses, children and domestic partners. The company pays a larger percentage of the premiums than do most other retailers, and employee-paid premiums are withheld pre-tax, which means you get to keep more of your hard-earned money.Costco


Lowe's offers part-time employees the opportunity to participate in the following benefit options: Limited Benefit Health Plan, Dental Plan, Term Life Insurance, Short Term Disability Lowe's


For two consecutive years, UPS has been ranked highly in MONEY magazine's annual survey of America's best benefits packages - the company currently ranks 8th out of 200 companies surveyed. UPS offers its management employees a complete menu of benefit options in which to create programs that fit their personal and family needs. In addition, the company's hourly employees receive world class benefits. In fact, UPS is one of only a few companies offering its part-time employees full benefits, from medical/dental coverage to tuition assistance. UPS

The Home Depot

Home Depot offers associates the opportunity to choose plans and programs that meet individual and family needs through Your Total Value, The Home Depot’s benefits and compensation programs.Benefit plans are available to part-time hourly, full-time hourly and salaried associates. Eligible dependents, including same-sex domestic partners, may also be covered under most plans. The Home Depot

Fred Meyer

Our Benefits Package As we welcome you into our Kroger Family, we are concerned about the security, health, and safety of you and your family. Our benefits package is extensive and competitive. The package includes: Medical, Prescription Benefits,Dental,Basic Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Account Plan (Health Care and Dependent Day Care, Retirement Plans, 401(K) Plan Company Paid Retirement Plan, Stock Options, Stock Purchase Plan, Long-Term Care, Paid Vacation Fred Meyer

Haggen Food and Pharmacy

Medical, Dental, Vision after a 90 day waiting period. Haggen Food and Pharmacy

Starbucks Coffee Company

Starbucks Total Pay package is referred to as “Your Special Blend” because it is unique to each partner. Partners who work full time or part time (generally 20 hours or more per week) may participate in a variety of programs, and make choices based on individual needs and interests. Depending on job and a partner's personal situation, a partner’s total pay package may include: Progressive Compensation Package Healthcare Benefits (Medical, Prescription Drugs, Dental and Vision) Retirement Savings Plan Stock Options and Discounted Stock Purchase Plan Income Protection Plan (Life and Disability Coverage) Management Bonus Plan Adoption Assistance Plan Domestic partner benefits Referral programs and support resources for child and eldercare Discounted Starbucks merchandise And of course, all partners get a pound of coffee each week. Starbucks Coffee Co.


Key to REI's continued success is finding and keeping enthusiastic, committed employees. REI employees enjoy an exceptional total compensation program to support this objective.Benefits are available to full-time employees. Depending on the number of hours worked, part-time employees may also participate in health benefits and are eligible for other company-paid benefits. Rei


Safeway offers a full benefits package to new employees after 6 months of service. Benefits are continued for employees as long as they maintain 60 hours of work a month. Safeway

Dental Resources

There are dental resources/clinlics available in our area. Some are local and others are regional. Some of the clinics operate on a sliding scale fee schedule, others do not offer reduced fees but provide beneficial payment plans for the patient. As always read your information very carefully and ask LOTS of questions.

Sea Mar Community Dental Clinics

Sea Mar Community Dental Clinics were established to provide comprehensive, affordable, and culturally sensitive health and human services to the Latino, low income, disadvantaged, migrant and seasonal farm worker population. A local community need was recognized, beyond the original intent, so the same mission was expanded to include ALL populations, ethnic, income and social groups. There is a dental clinic in Mount Vernon close to the Mt.Vermon SVC campus,a dental clinic in Burlington and a new one in Oak Harbor. The Oak Harbor clinic is very new and does not yet have a web site. Please call the Oak Harbor clinic phone number for curent information or visit Sea Mar's home website.
Sea Mar Burlington Dental Clinic 
Sea Mar Mount Vernon Dental Clinic
Sea Mar Oak Harbor Dental Clinic (360) 679-9237

UW School of Dentistry

The University of Washington Dental Clinic provides high quality dental care, of all types, to qualified patients in a variety of setings in King County. Work is closely observed by faculty and patients with all kinds of dental concerns are welcome. A variety of payment options are available and many services are offered at a drastically reduced price. Check it out. A drive out of town might save you a considerable amount of money. UW School of Dentistry Patient Care

Citi Health Card - Dental Financing

Now there's a smart, affordable way to pay for various health care procedures. And you can share the benefits with your entire family—even your pet. Just use the Citi Health Card with any participating provider to take advantage of no interest payment plans*. Search for  a provider within 25 miles of your zip code. There are quite a few! Citi Bank Health Card

Northwest Medical Teams - Moblie Dental Care

Our mission is to provide free dental care to low-income, homeless and migrant farm worker populations who have no insurance or realistic way to pay for treatment. We presently serve an average of more than 17,000 patients annually in the states of Oregon and Washington operating 9 Mobile Dental Clinic vans in 27 Pacific Northwest counties. Northwest Medical Teams - Moblie Dental Care Call the Skagit and Island County site coordinator Jennifer Stark at 360-416-7585 (Skagit Community Action) for help with an appointment. Coordinators work very part-time (now only on Tuesdays) so call and leave a message or voicemail someone will get back to you!

Confident Dental Discount Program

No Insurance, No Problem! Introducing the Confident Dental Discount Program program* offered through Bright Now! Dental Network affiliated dentists. A Dental Discount program that provides quality, affordable dental services for individuals and families without dental insurance.
What is ConfiDent? For an annual enrollment fee of $75 per adult and $55 per child, you receive your first exam, x-rays and $25 towards future dental care, PLUS an average of 25% savings on all dental care for one year. There is no monthly fee! Once you enroll, you'll automatically receive a ConfiDent Member Card.
Simply bring your card to your next appointment and begin receiving your quality, discounted dental care in any Bright Now! Dental Network affiliated office across the country. You'll periodically receive emailed special savings offers along with great information and tips on proper dental care to ensure you have the beautiful smile you deserve.

Bellingham Technical College Dental Clinic

The Bellingham Technical College Dental Clinic is provided by a licensed dentist from the community and Dental Assistant students under the direction of a certified faculty member. The clinic provides low cost dental care on a cash only basis. Contact the clinic at (360) 752-8349 for an appointment.

Vision Resources

Costco -- Vision Clinic

Costco, Burlington store, has a vision clinic and lab which fills prescriptions. You do not need to be a member of Costco to use the clinic and be seen by optometrist, Dr. Richard V. Orskog.  A general eye exam is $55.00. Contact lens exam is $80.00, exam includes a contact lens fitting. Services include: a pressure test for glaucoma, a vision test, a comprehensive eye health examination. The clinic features the optomap retinal exam. If you would like to have your prescription glasses or contacts made at Costco you do have to be a member to purchase. Clinic is located inside of Costco (at the door say that you are visiting the clinic). The clinic is open Monday thru Friday 10:00am - 7:00pm and Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm. Call  360-757-5701  for more information.

Hearing Resources

Costco -- Hearing Aid Center

The Costco Hearing Aid Center features non-commissioned, licensed staff, free hearing evaluations, 100% digital technology and on-site customer programming. Costco provides a complete audiometric evaluation to determine appropriate amplification needs for our members at no cost. Costco features some of the most advanced digital testing and equipment from Siemens, a world technology leader. Our licensed professionals can determine if a hearing loss exists and whether hearing aids are an appropriate solution. You must be a member of Costco to access this service Costco regularly saves patients $500 - $1000 per ear and warranties hearing aids for two years for loss or damage. Adjustments and cleanings are free.
The Costco Hearing Aid Center is open Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. For information please call 360-757-1947

Mental Health Resources

Compas Health

Compass Health has a comprehensive range of behavioral health programs serving children, youth, adults, and older adults from a variety of income levels and ethnic cultures. Clients may be experiencing a crisis, seeking assistance for an emotional or behavioral problem, have both a mental health problem and a chemical dependency problem, or be chronically mentally ill.
We also provide consultation, training and education services to other medical providers, law enforcement and correction facilities, corporate employers and the community at large.
Individual, Group and Family Counseling, Crisis Response Services, The Dean Brooks Psychiatric Clinic, Parenting Support and Child Development Resources, Culturally Sensitive and Relevant Services, Meeting Complex Needs, For Adults, For Older Adults, For Children and Youth, Groups and Classes, Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Concerns, Rehabilitative Services, For Adults, For Youth, Housing,Inpatient Treatment,Employment Services, Chemical Dependency The Dean Brooks Psychiatric Clinic provides psychiatric evaluations, consultations, and medication management services for adults, children, and adolescents. Compass Health

Western Washington University offers free psychological counseling January - June

Beginning Jan. 9, graduate students in Western Washington University’s psychology department will provide free counseling, under faculty supervision, for families and individuals. Western’s Counseling Training Clinic has openings for families seeking counseling for a wide variety of family concerns. Appointments for families and couples are available from 4 pm to 6 pm Tuesday evenings. The clinic also has openings for individual counseling of adults, adolescents, and children. Appointments for individual counseling are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.Counselors are trained to deal with a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, family concerns, relationship difficulties, vocational choices, grieving, communication problems, parent-child conflicts and childhood issues. The clinic will be closed this Friday through Jan. Anyone interested in these services can call Lynn Grahm in the psychology department at 360-650-3184 and leave a confidential message with a contact phone number.Western Washington University's Department of Psych.

Catholic Community Services - Skagit County

Skagit County Family Center We offer Mental Health Counseling, and Social Services to residents of Skagit County.
We are a licensed Community Mental Health Agency: Serving low-income children and families as a member of the Associated Provider Network (APN). Serving people of all ages funded by insurance, private pay, and special contracts. Most of our services are provided at no cost or minimal cost to the client. Over the years we have expanded from one or two staff providing counseling two or three days a week to our current staff of 20 who offer mental health services for children and their families. These include parenting education and children's therapeutic groups, supervised visitation, ADHD/ADD testing, mental health consultation, critical needs funding, and foster care licensing for our CHAP program.
Current services include: Children and Family,Counseling and Mental Health, Ederly and Disabled Services Catholic Community Services - Skagit County Family Center

Prescriptions - How can I save costs?

Presciption costs continue to plague consumers in the US. There are legitmate options you may utilze to help bring your costs down. Below are some articles helping you find the best price and pharmacy for your needs.

Target Generic Drug Program - $4.00 for 30 day supply

Save  big on more than 300 generic drugs at Target Pharmacy. Just $4.00 each for a 30 day supply.  Why buy generic? They're every bit as safe as effective as their brand-name equivalentes, but available at a much lower cost. The $4 program includes drugs athat treat a variety of conditions an diseases.
Click here for more information.

Wal-Mart Generic Drug Program - $4.00 for a 30 day supply

Wal–Mart offers over 300 different drugs at only $4 per prescription fill or refill (up to a 30-day supply).* The program is available at all Wal–Mart, Sam's Club and Neighborhood Market pharmacies. (except in North Dakota, where Wal–Mart does not operate its own pharmacies, but instead leases space to thirdparty providers).
Click here for more information

Together Rx Access - Prescription Savings Program

Thousands of eligible hardworking people with no prescription drug coverage are now saving on the medicines they need with the Together Rx Access™ Card. Click here for more information.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Its mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through this site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).
Click here for more information

Buying prescriptions online: a safe bet?

Good article highlighting the benefits of online pharmacies. Good resource to find a legitimate pharmacy online or in Canada. Provides websites to check licensing and business practices. Buying prescriptions online: a safe bet?

Cost of Generic Drugs

Local consumer advocate article written in January of 2004 which surveyed local pharmacies to see which had the best prices. Costco was the cheapest. Cost of generic drugs

Costco -- Pharmacy

Costco is able fill prescriptions on site for anyone. You do not need to be a member of Costco to use the pharmacy. At the door tell the attendant that you would like to use the pharmacy and they will wave you through. Costco is able to provide prescriptions at a very competative price due to their large volume buying. You may call the pharamacy at 360-757-5702 Burlington Costco

Rx Assistanct Program

RxAssist, created by Volunteers in Health Care provides you with the information you need to access the pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs. Search by: Company , Brand Name, Generic name, Drug class, Rx Outreach generic, PAP Rx Assistance Program (National).

Rx Help for Washington is a program that connects qualified, low-income people with discount prescription drugs, direct from the pharmaceutical manufacturer. Rx Help for Washington.

RX Outreach

Rx Outreach is a new patient assistance program (PAP) for people of all ages. The program makes prescription medicines affordable for uninsured and under-insured individuals and families. The program is administered by Express Scripts Specialty Distribution Services, a fully-licensed U.S. mail order pharmacy. Patients who qualify can order prescription medicines by mail once they complete an Rx Outreach form. ESSDS developed Rx Outreach to provide a safe, affordable, and easy way for people of all ages to get medicines they need. The program offers prescription medicines to uninsured individuals and families, as well as those who have limited prescription drug coverage.

Prescriptions are filled by licensed pharmacists in the United States. Medications are mailed directly to the patient's home, or any location he or she requests. Once the patient's Rx Outreach form is approved, the medication ships within 10-14 days. Specially trained call center personnel are available from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, to answer patients' questions.

The program currently provides more than 107 FDA-approved medicines to treat a variety of ongoing health conditions, including diabetes, mental health, heart conditions, high blood pressure, and asthma. Medicines can only be ordered in 90-day supplies. Each 90-day supply is only $20 or $30 depending on the medication. 

Rx Outreach provides prescription drugs to individuals and families who are at or below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level - for example, individuals whose income is $24,500 a year or less, and families of four whose income is about $50,000 a year or less, are eligible.

There is no cost to join the program. There are no contracts or monthly bills. Patients pay only for the medicine they need. The administrative fee is $20 or $30 for each 90-day (3 month) supply. The fee covers our administrative costs, including shipping and handling, so there are no hidden costs

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Local Medical Clinics - Island County

The following is a list of affordable access clinics on Whidbey Island.

South Whidbey Community Clinic

South Whidbey Community Clinic 11245 SR 525 Clinton, WA 98236 Phone: 360-341-5252 Clinic Hours:Monday through Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
The staff at South Whidbey Community Clinic provides affordable and accessible primary health care to individuals of low-to-moderate income. Families are able to receive evaluation and treatment of general medical problems and routine exams. The staff is also able to assist in helping families or individuals find health care insurance and other health and social services. The Clinic is staffed by a Family Practice Physician, Certified Physician Assistants (PA), and nurses, and is a nonprofit clinic.
Services include referrals to local medical specialists as needed Well-child Checks Adult Examinations, including Complete Women's Health Exams Evaluation and treatment of general medical problems for all ages Help in finding health insurance, Immunizations, Routine Preventative Health Care Examinations and Education, Treatment and Counseling for STD's, Birth Control, and Tobacco Cessation, Help in finding social service support in our community South Whidbey Community Clinic

Compas Health -- Island County

Compass Health has a comprehensive range of behavioral health programs serving children, youth, adults, and older adults from a variety of income levels and ethnic cultures. Clients may be experiencing a crisis, seeking assistance for an emotional or behavioral problem, have both a mental health problem and a chemical dependency problem, or be chronically mentally ill. Compas Health of Island County

Planned Parenthood -- Oak Harbor

When you need birth control, an annual exam, or treatment for sexually transmitted infections, we're here to help. We have 24 health centers throughout western Washington with convenient daytime and evening hours. Everything is confidential and our professional staff can be trusted to help you with your healthcare.Planned Parenthood -- Oak Harbor

Pregnancy Care Clinic

We offer a variety of services and are staffed by trained volunteers who will assist our clients. All services are FREE at all times toALL people and are strictly CONFIDENTIAL. Pregnancy Care Clinic

North Whidbey Community Clinic

Whidbey General North 1300 Goldie Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Phone:360-679-5590 Clinic Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm Whidbey General North is committed to providing health care you can afford. A sliding fee is available to qualified clients. Services at our new site will include: *North Whidbey Community Clinic - primary care for the entire family Rehabilitation Services - Physical, Occupational, & Speech Therapy *X-Ray & Screening Mammography Services *Outpatient Laboratory Services *Sleep Studies Clinic (coming this summer) North Whidbey Community Clinic

Dental Resources -- Island County

Sea Mar Community Dental Clinics

Sea Mar has opened a dental clinic in Oak Harbor 31775 STR. 20 Suite A3. The clinic is open Monday - Friday 8 - 5 with a break from 12 - 1. They are available by telephone at 360-679-9237. The clinic has limited staffing so leave a message when you call, someone will get back to you. The clinic takes all kinds of insurance and offers a sliding fee scale from 20% -  60%. Visit SeaMar at


Financial Assistance -- Hospital Care

Both Whidbey General and Skagit Valley hospitals offer generous programs for those individuals who are unable to pay for care. Ask the billing offices or departments of  finnancial assistance for a charity care application. Whidbey General Hospital finance dept. 360-678-7627 and Skagit Valley Hosptial 360-428-2287 

 "A series of high profile news articles, Congressional investigations, and class action lawsuits have raised questions about hospital charity care policies and charges to the uninsured. In response, some state hospital associations have adopted policies to encourage their members to ensure low-income patients receive charity care. Washington State is unique in having a charity care law that provides protection to the low-income uninsured. This law, enacted in 1990 with support from the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), has been effective for almost 15 years. Washington is now a national leader in ensuring low income patients are able to receive charity care.

Under Revised Code of Washington 70.170 and Washington Administrative Code 246-453, the charity care law in Washington State requires that:

Hospitals provide charity care to all patients whose family income is below 200 percent of the federal policy standard; and Hospitals write off the full amount of their charges for patients whose income is below 100 percent of the poverty standard and discount charges for patients whose income is between 100 and 200 percent of the standard. Hospitals must develop their own sliding scale for discounts. The law establishes the minimum requirements for charity care, but many hospitals have adopted more generous policies. At least 14 Washington hospitals provide charity care for the full amount of hospital charges for all patients whose gross family income is under 200 percent of the federal poverty level. At least nine hospitals provide discounts for patients with incomes above 200 percent.

WSHA POSITION: Since Washington hospitals follow the state's charity care law, low-income people can be confident that, if they use hospital services, they will not face large hospital bills that jeopardize their financial status. Washington hospitals also support strong state programs to provide timely and appropriate health care to the low-income uninsured, and since 1994 have paid a business and occupation tax to support additional funding for Basic Health and Medicaid children. Because of federal and state requirements and their missions, all hospitals provide emergency care regardless of their patients' ability to pay. In addition to providing direct tax funding for state subsidized care and free emergency care to those who cannot pay, Washington hospitals in 2003 provided $117 million for the cost of treating charity care patients. Washington hospitals do not think any additional legislation is needed to address charity care or billings."  Washington State Hospital Association.

Information Sites relating to Health Insurance Coverage

eHealthInsurance, the #1 place for purchasing health insurance online, markets individual and small group health insurance to the public. The company delivers the best customer experience for buying health insurance by offering the broadest selection of leading health insurance plans, delivering unparalleled customer service online through licensed agents, and offering the best price.eHealthInsurance provides the convenience of Internet self-service and 24-hour availability, complemented by a full- service Customer Service Center of highly trained customer service representatives. Sales, enrollment and customer service inquiries are handled via phone, fax, e-mail, and the Internet. eHealthInsurance presents health insurance options in an objective, unbiased manner, empowering the purchaser to make the best overall choice. The website empowers individuals and small businesses with knowledge of affordable insurance plans, information to make the right choice, and provides a single location to purchase health insurance. In addition, eHealthInsurance facilitates rapid approval of applications and real-time communication with the back- office processes of health insurance plans.

Health Savings Accounts

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) were created by Public Law 108-173, the "Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003," signed into law by President Bush on December 8, 2003. Health Savings Accounts will change the way millions meet their health care needs because they are designed to help individuals save for qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-advantaged basis.Any adult who is covered by a high-deductible health plan (and has no other first-dollar coverage) may establish an HSA. For further information please visit the U.S. Dept. of Treasury.

Benefits Check Up - Additional Help for Medicare Beneficiaries

Missing Out on Benefits? BenefitsCheckUp helps thousands of people every day to connect to government programs that can help them pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other needs. Please use our short questionnaires to find programs that can assist you or your loved ones.

Guide to Finding Health Insurance in WA

Guide - a great resource This site is supported by the Kaiser Family foundation whose goal is to raise awareness surrounding the uninsured in the United States.

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Mount Vernon Campus: Brian Murphy * Student Programs/Health Coordinator/ Advisor * (360)416-7764