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WIN211 is a network of 7 regional call centers. Call 2-1-1 and get connected to a specialist in your area.
2-1-1 partners with services statewide to meet community needs and get help into people's hands.
WIN211 is pleased to announce that Washington residents can now learn more about the federal Lifeline Assistance program and request an application online.
The federal Lifeline Assistance program is a government benefit program that provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible households. As a Washington resident, your household may be eligible for a free cell phone and free Lifeline service from a federal Lifeline provider. Learn more…
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The Fresh Bucks program will be returning in May at all Seattle farmers markets. Fresh Bucks provides extra buying power for people with SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as “food stamps” and often referred to as “EBT”). By matching the first $10 spent in food stamp benefits every time they shop at a Fresh Bucks-participating market, SNAP shoppers are able to purchase more fresh, healthy produce – all from local farmers. Similar EBT matching programs are located across Washington State. To learn about the program and locations read
We are pleased to announce that the new Transportation Assistance site has been launched. This site will focus on helping users to find assistance with transit systems, bus tickets, medical transportation, news, links, and more. Get a glimpse of the exciting new direction our community services search engine is heading.
Do you have low to moderate income? If so you may be able to get free help filing your taxes with the help of two free programs, VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and AARP Tax-Aide. These programs have trained volunteers which can assist in completing and filing your basic tax return, including claiming the EITC – Earned Income Tax Credit if you are eligible. Use the IRS Free Tax Preparation Locator and the AARP Tax-Aide Locator or call at 2-1-1 to find your free local tax sites. The IRS will begin accepting and filing tax forms January 19th, 2016.
The MyFreeTaxes.com partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. It’s easy, safe, secure and 100 percent free. Powered by the Walmart Foundation — in cooperation with Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute, and United Way Worldwide. MyFreeTaxes.com is free to use for individuals and families with combined income under $62,000 for the year 2015. Tax filing software provided by H&R Block.
Would you rather have your taxes filed in-person by trained volunteers? Call 2-1-1 and we can help you find free local tax preparation sites in your area.
Need to sign up for health insurance? Washington residents are now able to use the website http://wahealthplanfinder.org/ to compare and enroll in health insurance programs. This site can help you shop for health insurance anonymously, find out if you are eligible for financial help, compare plans side-by-side, and select a plan for coverage.
A statewide Toll-Free Customer Support Center is open to start answering questions about health coverage options and explain the enrollment process. The call center is open M-F, 8am-5pm and can be reached by dialing 1-855-WAFINDER (923-4633).
For people needing direct assistance, trained and certified representatives called in-person assistors are available that can help you enroll for coverage through the Washington Health Plan Finder. Find an in-person assistor where you live, or search in KING, PIERCE, THURSTON, or LEWIS counties.
All you need to do is answer a few questions and find out what services are available to you from a broad range of federal, state and local resources. Through a secure personal account on the site, you can even apply online for some benefits such as cash, food, and medical assistance; child care; long-term care; and drug and alcohol treatment.
WIN211 has partnered with the Washington State Department of Commerce to help Washington residents get ready for tax day.
Times are tough. A little extra money in your pocket makes a big difference. If you earned less than $53,267 in 2015, you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit which could add as much as six-thousand dollars to your federal income tax refund. Couldn't you use a little extra money to make life easier? Workers who qualify for the EITC – Earned Income Tax Credit must file a federal income tax return even if they do not have a requirement to file. Learn more about this valuable tax credit by calling your local 2-1-1 Information and Referral Specialist beginning January 30th, 2016 to find a free tax preparer near you. The IRS will begin accepting and filing tax forms January 19th, 2016.
About 91% of older adults have a least one chronic condition, and 73% have at least two. Chronic conditions – such as diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and lung disease – seriously compromise the quality of life of older adults, often forcing them to give up their independence too soon. Chronic conditions also place a significant financial burden on individuals as well as health care systems. In 2011, this cost totaled nearly $3 trillion. The traditional medical model – which focuses more on the illness than the patient – is costly and often ineffective. Get more facts on the impact of chronic disease at the NCOA Center for Healthy Aging - Chronic Disease.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Through a partnership with the U.S. Administration on Aging, NCOA promotes the implementation of Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) in communities throughout the United States. Offered not only in this country but also worldwide, this program has been has been proven to help older adults better manage their chronic conditions, improve their quality of life, and lower their health care costs.
CDSMP workshops meet once a week for two and one-half hours, over six consecutive weeks. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves. Workshops are highly interactive.Topics include the following:
- How to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.
- Ways to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance.
- Managing medications.
- How to communicate more effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
- Healthy eating.
WIN211 has partnered with the Washington State Department of Health to help promote health and wellness on a range of topics including emergency preparedness and response information, flu prevention and immunizations, and other health concerns.
Chronic Disease Self Management ProgramsWIN211 has partnered with the Washington State Department of Health to promote the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.
Imagine how it would feel to take control of your health!
- Use medications effectively
- Solve problems and meet personal goals
- Talk to your doctor about your health
- Make choices about your treatment
- Be a healthy caregiver
Rediscover your zest for living a healthy life in six weeks!
Are you unsure about how to best manage an ongoing health condition? Are you tired, anxious, frustrated, in pain? Try something new! Join a safe, supportive six-week self-management workshop and discover new, practical ways to live better and healthier.
The Living Well self-management workshop was developed at Stanford University and has become the proven leader in self-management for people with chronic health conditions. Sign up for a workshop in your area and rediscover the life you've been missing. New workshops are scheduled regularly by request.