Health Care Authority

Notice to our customers regarding state budget negotiations

The Legislature continues to negotiate a budget for the 2015-17 biennium. While it is unlikely that a government shutdown will occur, state agencies must prepare for the possibility that the budget is not enacted by June 30 (the end of the current state fiscal year). If the Health Care Authority (HCA) suspended services, almost all of our employees would be temporarily laid off and our office locations would be closed. This would impact our customers in the following ways:

  • Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program enrollees would still be able to access their benefits, but HCA would not offer phone or email customer service during a government shutdown.
  • Apple Health (Medicaid) clients would still be able to access their benefits, but HCA would not offer phone or email customer service.

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The Washington State Health Care Authority purchases health care for more than 2 million Washingtonians through two programs — Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) and the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program. We work with partners to help ensure Washingtonians have access to better health and better care at a lower cost. Learn more about HCA

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