Overview | Snohomish County

Snohomish County Alliance for Health Access (SCAHA) is a joint effort by provider groups and hospitals to provide specialty care services for the uninsured. SCAHA has partnered with Project Access Northwest to provide our unique case management services for Snohomish County residents.


pull quoteA Model of Care that Works

Project Access screens all patient referrals to ensure that appropriate tests and paperwork are completed BEFORE the uninsured patient goes to see a specialist. By arranging for the necessary laboratory and imaging services as well as qualified interpreters, we remove the barriers that prevent patients from keeping their appointments with medical specialists. More than 95% of Project Access patients keep their appointments, compared to fewer than 70% in typical uninsured populations.


doctor photoWho Volunteers?

More than 900 physicians and other health care providers currently volunteer with Project Access Northwest.

Based on the principal of sharing the load of caring for the uninsured across a broad section of the provider community, providers commit to seeing a discrete number of uninsured each year.

Click here to learn more about becoming a volunteer.

A growing number of administrative volunteers are working with Case Management and in Administration.

Who Do We Serve?

Our patients are referred to us for specialty care from safety net primary care providers throughout King County and all are uninsured or underinsured.

Our patients live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Thirty-three percent of our patients speak a language other than English.

For a list of other Project Access programs in Washington state, click here.


Quick Facts

Project Access Northwest coordinates the care for community safety net patients, ensuring the patient gets the care he or she needs in a way that makes efficient use of the physicians', clinicians' and hospitals' charity-care dollars.

Since February of 2006, more than 11,500 low-income patients have been referred to Project Access Northwest for needed specialty health care services.

Did you know that 15 hospitals and health systems and 28 family practice clinics in King and Snohomish counties are committed to working with Project Access to provide needed specialty care services?

Most patients need a relatively inexpensive—but very important—consultation with and treatment by a specialist. The average cost of treatment is between $3,000 and $4,000.

Thanks to the help of our many volunteer clinicians, thousands of patients are able to return to work, support their families and live a healthier life!

Washington state low-income residents are served by six Project Accesses, serving King, Spokane, Whatcom, Clark, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties.

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