Jobs / Worksource - Food - Affordable Health Care

These are resources for navigating community services, including job hunting and careers; applying online for food, medical and cash assistance from DSHS; the Affordable Care Act and health care coverage; housing; and financial information.  

Job Hunting and Careers

  • Worksource - The State of Washington's official site for online employment services.  Find a job, get job search help, locate WorkSource services in your area, access career information, and more.
  • Job Hunting - Local and national employment information
  • Careers - Career exploration, companies, interviewing, relocation, resumes and cover letters, salaries and training
  • Timberland Job Listings
  • Jobs, Education and Practice Tests - Standardized test preparation guides; scholarships, fellowships and loans; careers and educational opportunities.
  • PacMtn Building Community Prosperity - Pacific Mountain (PacMtn) specializes in leading dynamic regional workforce development that enhances success.

Apply for food, medical and cash assistance

Washington Connection

Apply for food, medical and cash assistance
Apply online for benefits from Washington State Department of Social and Heath Services



Affordable Care Act (ACA) - Affordable Health Coverage

Open enrollment for health insurance coverage options mandated by the Affordable Care Act begins October 1, 2013. Coverage begins January 1, 2014. Find out more about your options and responsibilities using the resources below. 

   Health Care in Washington is Changing for the Better  
  • To find out about health care coverage options, visit the Washington Healthplanfinder.
  • Apply for health care coverage through the Health Benefit Exchange or Medicaid/Apple Health
  • Beginning October 1, call toll-free customer support:
    • Monday through Friday, 7:30 am and 8:00 pm
    • 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633) or TTY/TTD 1-855-627-9604
  • Information about in-person assistance in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston Counties will be available by October 1.
  • Almost 65?  You can sign up for Medicare through the Social Security website or get information and help from the Washington State Insurance Commissioner.
  • Use this Health Care Calculator to figure out how much health insurance might cost and how much tax credit you might expect to offset the cost.
  • Check this Quick Reference Guide to find out if you are required by federal law to obtain health care coverage.

TRL provides these resources for informational use only and not as advice.


Video from the Kaiser Family Foundation - The Youtoons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health insurance changes coming your way

Washington Healthplanfinder
Gives individuals, families and small business owners a new way to find, compare and enroll in health insurance.  This is the official ACA-compliant health benefit exchange for the State of Washington.

Information on the In-Person Assister Program in Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston Counties in Washington State.

Affordable Health Coverage: 2014
What this means for you.  Beginning in January 2014, you may be eligible for affordable health insurance through the new health care law.

Washington Connection - Your Link to Services - Health Care
Resources, How to apply, Medical assistance, Dental care - October 1.

Warning about fraudulent health care sites

Hard Times Resource Guide

Hard Times Resource Guide
Resources compiled by the Washington State Library to help you navigate and succeed in a tough economy.

Social Security

mySocialSecurity Express   

Social Security Express


eServices available from Social Security Express:

  • Sign In or create a my Social Security account.
    • get Social Security statements
    • change an address
    • change or start direct deposity
    • print a benefit verification letter
    • create an account/enter an activation code
  • Estimate retirement benefits
  • Request a replacement Medicare Card
  • Get a 1099/1042 tax form
  • Appeal a Decision on an Application for Benefits
  • Apply for Retirement or Spouse's Benefits
  • Apply for Disability Benefits
  • Apply for Medicare Benefits
  • Apply for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Costs

Your Money

Your Money: A Guide to Reaching Your Financial Goals