Health Care Authority

Coordinated health care, with quality results, at the lowest cost

The Washington State Health Care Authority oversees the state’s two top health care purchasers — Medicaid and the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program, as well as other programs.

Medicaid Expansion

By January 2014, everyone is required to have health insurance. We can help with free coverage through Medicaid for those who qualify.

Are you eligible for Medicaid? Find out more.

Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB)

The PEBB program provides insurance coverage for eligible employees of state agencies, higher education institutions, certain employer groups, and their families.

Are you a state employee or retiree? Find out more.

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Notice of potential disclosure of protected health information

Some personal information may have been inadvertently disclosed in a recent Health Care Authority mailing. Details.

Summer internship opportunity

Applications for summer internships with the Policy, Planning and Performance division of HCA are due April 30. Please see both the job description and application instructions.

Public comment sought on medical technologies

Health Technology Assessment is now accepting public comment on medical technologies that are being considered for review by the state next year. See more information, including how to comment.

First-timers' Guide to Washington Apple Health (Medicaid)

Now that you've enrolled in Apple Health, what's next? There's a guide in plain language that explains what to expect. See publication 19-024 on the publications page (available in nine languages).

State Health Care Innovation Plan

The five-year plan is a bold initiative to transform health and health care in Washington, delivering better health, better health care, and lower costs. Read the plan.

The SHCIP website includes resources, documents and other information from the planning process.


Find out more about healthcare reform.


Find a health plan, apply for Apple Health (Medicaid).


Toolkit for evidence-based practices

Washington was not the only state to note the striking increase in recent years in the rate of primary C-sections for low-risk births. But Washington has marshaled forces to reverse that trend. We've posted a toolkit for providers.