Shortly after she and her family moved to Seattle from Guandong, China in 2010, Huan Ping Zhao was immediately told by family members that she needed to get health insurance because health care “can get very expensive in America.”
She had no idea what that meant, until she saw a medical bill for her parents for a previous hospital visit.
“It’s true what they said about medicine in America,” she said. “I could hardly believe the amount they were being asked to pay.”
Fortunately for Zhao, family members also knew about International Community Health Services (ICHS). She went over and received not only help to get low-cost health insurance, but also health care for her family.
Zhao, who is mostly a stay-at-home mom, but also works on-call washing dishes at a downtown Seattle restaurant, frequently takes her three young boys to ICHS International District Clinic for check-ups and other services, including nutritional services from the ICHS WIC program.
“I like it very much here because there is always an interpreter and the staff has been very helpful,” she said.
Photo caption: Huan Ping Zhao (right), of Seattle, receives advice from Alice Cheung, (left), ICHS WIC peer counselor, to improve the nutrition of Zhao’s children, Lucas, and Eric.