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 — Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) and the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program, as well as other programs.

Washington Apple Health

In Washington State, Medicaid is called Washington Apple Health. Coverage is free for those who qualify. Find out more about Apple Health. Apply for Apple Health online at the Washington Healthplanfinder.

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. Find out more.

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Anthem data breach may affect Apple Health (Medicaid) clients and PEBB Program members 

A national insurance company called Anthem has experienced a data security breach that may impact up to 80 million consumers.

For Medicaid: Amerigroup, one of Washington’s contracted managed care plans for Apple Health (Medicaid), is an Anthem partner. As a result, some Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) clients’ information may have been accessed through Amerigroup. This does not include any personal health information or credit card information. It may include Social Security numbers and contact information.

For PEBB Program: PEBB members who have Regence BlueShield (the Uniform Medical Plan’s administrator) and Premera Blue Cross (which serves PEBB retirees and Washington State residents enrolled in Medicare Supplement Plan F) who live or receive care in states served by Anthem providers may be affected. Find out more.

For more information, please visit If you have questions after reviewing that website, you may email

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 (available in nine languages).

Healthier Washington 

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 Healthier Washington website includes resources, documents and other information from the planning process.



Apply for Apple Health (Medicaid) any time.