What is WHF’s Personal Health Advocate Service
It is a powerful program that is typically reserved for those in Fortune 100 businesses. But one of Washington’s most influential non-profit organizations is making it available to everyone. The 501(c)(3) Washington Health Foundation (WHF) has designed and developed an innovative program to help small employers, non-profits, independent workers – in fact….all Washingtonians access free and low-cost health and health care services and support.
Our economy is in a period of transition. It is becoming more and more dependent on small businesses and independent workers. This new paradigm will lead future business managers, consultants, and freelancers to seek access to a model that supports effective business transactions and productive workers outside of the corporate legal, accounting, and Human Resources departments.
Outsourced attorneys and accountants have been available for years at an hourly rate. More recently technological support and even human resources have become available as fee-based rather than in-house services. One of the things that makes WHF’s service so powerful and innovative is that it is available at no additional charge. The payment is built into the health insurance rates that you are already paying.
Personal Health Advocates
Only the most expensive employee benefits plans include concierge service – a person with expertise in health, healthcare, and health insurance whose job is to ensure that your experience is smooth and customized to fit your needs. Today, WHF’s Personal Health Advocates can bring that world-class service to you by,
- Matching you or our organization with the right health insurance plan;
- Walking you through the details as you transition to Medicare;
- Deciphering and determining which health care bills you should pay;
- Advising you on choosing a doctor or hospital that best fits your situation;
- Designing a personal or employee wellness plan; and
- Connecting you with community resources to help you reach your health goals.
As a statewide, independent non-profit organization that is celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Washington Health Foundation has run a number of programs designed to improve people’s access to health care, wellness services, prescription drugs and health insurance. Through our Personal Health Advocates, we bring those services together under one roof and make them available to small businesses, non-profits and individuals and their families. Thanks to a recent grant from the Washington Attorney General’s Office – this service is now being offered to ‘workers-in-transition’. These are people who are unemployed, about to be unemployed, underemployed, or those who are constantly in transition (freelancers, consultants, etc.).
The future of work will be defined by flux, transition and creative independence. In order for small employers and independent workers to fulfill their potential in a knowledge-based economy, they will need structural supports, services and resources that empower them to take greater personal control over the decisions that affect their lives. WHF’s Personal Health Advocates are helping people adapt to this new world of work and assisting them with their health, health care and health insurance decisions.
Learn more about the Foundation and how we can assist you at www.whf.org or toll-free at (855) WA-Health (855-924-3258).