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

Gov proclaims Diabetes Alert Day 3-24-15
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
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Pertussis resources from Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reports an increase in the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases this year. With 319 cases for 2015 to date, this is a 551 percent increase in the number of cases from 2014.

Read more about DOH’s recommendations for health care providers.


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.