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Safe Table Forum 16

Health Care Access for Adult Immigrants in Washington State:
The Implications and Potential of Health Systems Reform

Thursday, August 23, 2012

One of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is universal coverage. Yet under the ACA some adult immigrants in our state may not be eligible for health care coverage. Join us as we bring together multiple perspectives - among them health care providers, government programs, community and legal services advocates, businesses, and faith-based organizations - to share information and identify issues and future options for this population.


  • Lynn Blewett is a Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and the Director of the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC). SHADAC is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support state efforts to monitor and evaluate programs to increase health insurance coverage and the use of data to inform health policy. Dr. Blewett's current area of research is defining and measuring underinsurance, and documenting the development of Local Access to Care Programs, which are community-based initiatives to meet the primary health care needs of the growing number of uninsured adults
  • Jim Stimpson is the founding and current Director of the Center for Health Policy and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. Dr. Stimpson's research focuses on a number of immigrant health issues, such as healthcare spending trends, mortality rates, and the quality of care for immigrants in the United States.
  • Carlos Olivares has been the executive director of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic since 1986. Today, more than 30 years after it was founded in 1978, the Farm Workers Clinic has over 1,600 employees providing medical, dental, mental health, and social services at 22 facilities in Washington and Oregon. Over the years, Carlos has gained a reputation as being a respected voice for people who lack access to quality healthcare. He is a founding board member of Community Health Plan of Washington, an agency that administers state-subsidized medical insurance for over 200,000 patients.

Funding and Sponsorship

Funding and sponsorship of this Safe Table Forum were provided by the Washington State Office of Financial Management through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, State Health Access Program (Grant #1-H2PHS 16400-01-00); and the Health Policy Center Initiative in the University of Washington Department of Health Services, School of Public Health.

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