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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 News Releases

Dr. Straley named Bree Collaborative chair 3-4-15
Health technologies selected for review 2-9-15
Statewide performance measures adopted 1-30-15
ACH design grants awarded 1-28-15
Social service providers transition to ProviderOne 1-16-15
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Premera Blue Cross offering members assistance after cyberattack

Premera Blue Cross, a medical insurance carrier that contracts with the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program, was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack that gained access to its computer systems. An investigation has not determined that any information was removed from their systems, and there is no evidence to date that any such information has been used inappropriately. Read more about Premera's response to customers.

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.