About the Health Care Authority

The Health Care Authority oversees these health care programs.

Health Technology Assessment

The primary purpose of HTA is to ensure medical treatments and services paid for with state health care dollars are safe and proven to work.

Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) and Medical Assistance Programs

Apple Health is the largest Washington State medical assistance program, providing health care coverage to approximately 1.2 million low-income Washington residents. About two-thirds of Medicaid's clients are children covered by Apple Health for Kids. Apple Health's costs are shared by the state and federal governments.

Prescription Drug Program

The goal of the Prescription Drug Program is to develop an evidence-based prescription drug program to identify preferred drugs for use by the participating programs (UMP, L&I, and Medicaid); make prescription drugs more affordable to Washington residents and state health care programs; and, increase public awareness regarding the safe and cost-effective use of prescription drugs.

Public Employees Benefits Board

The state of Washington, through the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) program, provides medical, dental, life, and long-term disability coverage (and offers optional insurances) through private health insurance plans to eligible state and higher-education employees as a benefit of employment.

Uniform Medical Plan

The Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) is a self-insured, preferred provider health insurance plan available to PEBB enrollees worldwide.

Washington Wellness

Washington Wellness (WW) works to make healthy choices easier for state employees, retirees, and their dependents; improve the productivity of state employees; and positively impact the medical cost trend of state health plans' enrollees.​​