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

WA Health Centers Receive $7.5M 9-12-14New
Medicaid enrollment specialist--Davenport
Help for Apple Health (Medicaid) wildfire victims 7-31-14
PEBB approves new state employee premiums 7-31-14
Governor submits SIM application for innovation grant 7-21-14
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EV-D68 virus can threaten children

A nasty virus can cause serious respiratory symptoms and appears to have shown up in the Seattle area. It can be particularly serious for children with asthma or other breathing conditions. The Department of Health has posted guidelines and background on its website. Read more

Help for wildfire victims

Apple Health clients affected by wildfires in North-Central Washington who need medical supplies, medical equipment, or medications lost or destroyed by fire or inaccessible due to evacuation can get replacements without pre-authorization.

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


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