Councilmember Julia Patterson Council District 5 516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200 Seattle, WA 98104 Phone: 206-296-1005 Toll Free: 800-325-6165 TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024 Fax: 206-296-0198
Committee of the Whole Chair Julia Patterson and fellow Councilmembers at the COW meeting at the Pacific Science Center
Special Committee of the Whole meeting regarding the topic of race in King County
On November 18, the County Council’s Committee of the Whole held a special meeting to discuss race and how the construct of race impacts King County. Councilmembers were joined by separately-elected King County officials for this meeting, which was held at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, the location of the exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” This meeting was a positive step in an ongoing dialogue to challenge the false concept of race and to addressing this issue in ways that helps King County’s equity and social justice efforts. Read more...
Enrollment in Washington State's new healthcare system is available now through March 31
Open enrollment in the new healthcare system is now underway
Enrollment in Washington’s new healthcare system is underway, meaning approximately 180,000 uninsured people in King County will now be eligible for affordable insurance. Enrollment will take place between now and March 31, but Medicaid enrollment will be ongoing.
Washington State’s Healthplanfinder website makes it easy for you to enroll and find a plan that fits your budget and meets your needs. You can access the Healthplanfinder website by clicking here.
Additionally, helpful enrollment events will be held throughout King County, including events in South King County, and will be staffed by experts to help you enroll and answer any questions that you may have. You can find upcoming events in your community by clicking here.
Councilmember Patterson, Vice Chair of the King County Flood Control District, attending the town hall event at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent
FEMA and the King County Flood Control District discuss flood maps at town hall event in Kent
On September 11, more than 120 residents turned out for an event hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the King County Flood Control District regarding federal flood maps in the Green River Valley. During this meeting, FEMA made clear that new flood maps are at least 5 years away from being completed. FEMA is responsible for developing the official flood maps defining special-risk areas that may affect insurance rates and building regulations for residents and businesses. It is great news that FEMA’s flood maps will not be completed within 5 years because this provides a timeline and clarity for the Green River Valley. Read more...
Brief video regarding healthcare changes and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act
King County and Washington State governments prepare to implement the Affordable Care Act
The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be implemented across the country on January 1. Under this new system, many individuals and families that are currently uninsured will have increased access to health insurance. The ACA will provide new affordable care options and require large employers to provide coverage to their employees. Most individuals will be required to have health coverage or be penalized, and people will no longer be denied coverage for having pre-existing health conditions. Also, Medicaid will be expanded to cover more people in need of health insurance.
Washington State has created a health insurance marketplace where individuals can easily compare insurance plans and receive assistance in selecting a healthcare plan from system experts. Enrollment in this marketplace begins October 1 and ends March 31. Enrollment for Medicaid will be ongoing starting January 1. It’s important to understand these changes so that you can enroll in a plan that’s right for you and your family.
This brief video will help you understand the ACA and upcoming healthcare changes. Additionally, my Facebook page provides up-to-date information about the ACA implementation in Washington State and ways to enroll in South King County.
Councilmembers Patterson and McDermott with recipients of certificates at the Highline School District Board meeting
Board of Health members celebrate the Highline School District for promoting healthy living
On May 8, Councilmember Patterson attended the Highline School District Board meeting on behalf of King County’s Board of Health to provide certificates of recognition to 14 Highline elementary schools that earned awards in the HealthierUS School Challenge. Councilmember Patterson congratulated the Highline School District for their leadership in achieving excellence in nutrition and physical activity to address childhood obesity, a high priority of the Board of Health. The HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary federal program that seeks to improve the health of children by promoting healthier school environments and encourage good habits that will last a lifetime. Schools throughout the United States compete through a competitive process, with award-winning schools receiving federal funding dollars.
Members of the Council with Major Jim Graddon and his wife Linda during the Council's recognition
King County Council recognizes the career of Major Jim Graddon
On April 22, Councilmember Patterson led a council recognition of the distinguished career of Major Jim Graddon, who retired at the end of April after 39 years of law enforcement service, including the past 34 years with the King County Sheriff's Office. In addition to serving as a Major in the Sheriff's Office, Jim Graddon served as Chief of Police for the City of SeaTac, and Precinct Commander of the Sheriff Office's Southwest Precinct. Major Graddon is a South King County native, and throughout his career he helped keep residents safe and improve South King County communities. Read more...
King County Flood Control District votes to improve the Green River Valley
On February 26, the King County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors took action to improve public safety and property protection in the Green River Valley by selecting a levee design with setback levees retained by walls, and providing funding for the Briscoe Desimone levee project located between S. 180th Street and S. 200th Street in the Green River basin. The Briscoe Desimone levee is one segment of the larger flood risk reduction system protecting the region’s valuable economic center located in the Green River Valley. This system includes the federally owned and operated Howard Hanson Dam, which controls river flow upstream. Read more...
Human Trafficking Public Service Announcement
King County launches the "Help Stop Human Trafficking" campaign
King County has kicked off its efforts to end human trafficking, which is the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel a person into any form of labor or sexual exploitation against their will. In January Councilmember Patterson participated in a press conference announcing that the "Help Stop Human Trafficking" campaign will include a joint-effort with Clear Channel Outdoors to post information about human trafficking on billboards in Kent, Tukwila and Seattle.
King County is also placing ads on 200 Metro buses, and has created an informative website and Public Service Announcement video that airs on KCTV. This work will help raise awareness and provide a toll-free number to call to report trafficking violators. Read more...
2013 Council Leadership Team: Vice Chair Hague, Chair Gossett, and Vice Chair Patterson
King County Council reorganizes its Leadership Team and Committee Chairs
As part of an annual reorganization process, on January 14 the King County Council restructured its Management Team and Committee Chairs for the 2013 year. The new assignments were passed unanimously by Councilmembers, and include Councilmember Patterson serving as Council Vice Chair, and Chair of the Council's Committee of the Whole. Councilmember Patterson will also serve on the Regional Transit Committee, and the Council's Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. The Council is looking forward to another productive year in King County. Read more...
On April 26, Councilmember Patterson (middle) attended Sound Transit's groundbreaking event for the Angle Lake Link Light Rail Station, located at south 200th street in SeaTac. Once open in 2016, the Angle Lake Station will improve access to Seattle's Stadium District, downtown Seattle, and the University of Washington. The station is expected to serve more than 5,000 passengers per day, and will be an asset for residents and businesses in South King County.