Not all health care needs can be met by your primary care provider or family doctor. Generally, patients are referred to a specialist by their primary care provider for a specific condition or diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with a heart condition, for example, your doctor may refer you to a cardiologist, a provider that specializes in heart conditions.
Whatcom Project Access (WPA)
WAHA hosts Whatcom Project Access, a community program where doctors, the hospital and supporting service providers donate specialty care to uninsured, low income people in Whatcom County. WPA is not a medical insurance and is meant to be utilized as a short term option for those who have no other way to access medically necessary specialty care.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn whether you are eligible for WPA, how it works, and how to learn more:
Whatcom Project Access (WPA) FAQs
Q: Who is eligible to receive services through WPA?
- residents of Whatcom County.
- people with no health insurance or any other way to access care
- people with limited income and assets (below 200% Federal Poverty Level)
- people referred to a specialist by their Primary Care Provider or an Emergency Department Physician.
Q: How do I sign up for the program?
A: To get started, you will need to have your doctor’s office fax us a referral for specialty care at (360-788-6587). When we receive your referral, a WAHA Access Counselor will call you to see if you qualify. If you are eligible, an Access Counselor will help you complete an application.
Q: What happens once I am approved?
A: When your application is approved, you will meet with the Care Coordinator who will explain how the program works. After your enrollment, the Care Coordinator will contact the next available donating specialist and schedule an appointment for you.
Q: How does the program help?
A: Whatcom Project Access (WPA) will help connect you with medically necessary specialty care, imaging, labs and support services at no cost to you. WPA can only connect you to services that providers are willing and able to donate. If a donation is not available, patients may be responsible for all or a portion of their bill.
Q: How can I learn more about program?
A: If you think you are interested in applying for the program and have questions about the application process, please contact 788-6554.
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