A record $66,030 in wellness vouchers were redeemed by low-income Islanders through Vashon Youth and Family Services' Wellness Voucher program in 2016. The number, released today in VYFS' Wellness Voucher Annual Report for 2016 today, is 35% higher than the value redeemed in 2015.
VYFS' vouchers, funded primarily by funding from Granny's Attic, help low-income Islanders meet healthcare needs. Vouchers can be used for a variety of expenses, including ferry and gasoline travel expenses overtown to see a specialist, prescriptions at Vashon Pharmacy, medical devices or daily living costs to help a resident pay a different medical cost out of pocket.
The agency distributed an additional $5,000 vouchers that have not yet been redeemed, but likely will be in the future. Voucher recipients must do an intake to qualify for the services, and then request support for specific bills or providers. The VYFS Wellness Voucher Coordinator organizes the distribution of vouchers. Once a voucher is issues, the recipient takes it to an Island-based provider who has agreed to accept it, and uses it like cash. The provider then returns the voucher to VYFS for payment.