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Washington Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Washington.

 

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov
www.eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org
www.AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243
www.dol.gov/whd

State Fair Employment Agency
Washington State Human Rights Commission
800.233.3247
www.hum.wa.gov

State Paid Family Leave
Employment Security Department, Washington State
833.717.2273
https://paidleave.wa.gov/

Vocational Rehabilitation
Washington State Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
360.725.3636 or 800.637.5627
www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr

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Health Insurance

Washington Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
Washington Healthplanfinder
855.923.4633 or 855.627.9604
www.wahealthplanfinder.org

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
800.562.6900
www.insurance.wa.gov

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
866.444.3272
www.dol.gov/ebsa

COBRA-Washington
Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
800.562.6900
www.insurance.wa.gov/your-insurance/health-insurance/lost-coverage/what-is-cobra/

State Children's Health Insurance Program
Washington CHIP
877.543.7669
www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1615

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov
https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/coverage/wa/index.html

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Medicare

Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)
www.medicare.gov

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)
800.562.6900
https://www.insurance.wa.gov/statewide-health-insurance-benefits-advisors-shiba

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Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Washington State Employment Security Department
800.318.6022
www.esd.wa.gov

Agency: Washington Employment Security Department

Information and filing available at https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment. The maximum weekly benefit amount available is $790. Benefits can be claimed for a maximum of 26 weeks. Payment is available via debit card or direct deposit. Most claimants will be required to conduct three job search activities per week to maintain eligibility for benefits. Job search activities must be recorded in a verifiable log. Claimants may also be required to appear in person at a job search center appointment. A comprehensive guidebook is available here: https://esdorchardstorage.blob.core.windows.net/esdwa/Default/ESDWAGOV/Unemployment/ESD-Handbook-for-Unemployed-Workers.pdf. Customer service can be reached by phone: 833-572-8400 for general questions and 800-318-6022 for open claims.

Updates related to Washington unemployment benefits and Covid-19: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19 and on the main page at https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment.

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

This state does not mandate insurers or HMOs doing business in state to cover routine patient costs associated with clinical trials. (Verified 1/2011)

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?dispo=true&cite=284-43

Paid Family Sick Leave

  • Who’s eligible? All employees who have worked at least 820 hours in four out of five quarters prior to leave application. Self-employed individuals and independent contractors can opt in to the program.
  • Who can be cared for? A family member with a serious health condition or to care for own serious health condition. Family member includes a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, grandchild, grandparent, or sibling.
  • How much time is given? Up to 12 weeks.
  • How much is paid? The amount of benefits paid is calculated based on the individual’s average weekly wage, with a maximum payment of $1,000/week. This maximum limit is adjusted annually to 90% of the state average weekly wage.
  • How do I apply? Online or with a paper application requested from paidleave@esd.wa.gov or by phone at (833) 717-2273