Medicaid is Apple Health
Big changes are in store for health insurance coverage in Washington. Because of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes also referred to as "Obamacare"), more people will be able to get preventive care, like check-ups and cancer screenings, treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, and many other health care services they need to stay healthy.
And we’re changing the name of Medicaid. We’re calling it Apple Health.
You may have already heard of Apple Health for Kids. A while back we combined all our children’s health services into one program that’s streamlined and easy to remember — Apple Health for Kids.
Apple Health for adults is the same idea. We will gradually combine all our adult Medicaid clients under the Apple Health umbrella.
How to apply
Beginning October 1, you can apply for Apple Health on any computer with an internet connection at Washington Healthplanfinder, wahealthplanfinder.org
When you’re ready to apply, you’ll need this information:
- Your household monthly income.
- The Social Security numbers and dates of birth for each member of your household.
- Your immigration information, if that applies to you.
It should take about 45 minutes to apply online — and you’ll get a response right away.
If you’re accepted, your Apple Health coverage will start on January 1, 2014. (Beginning October 1, for new applicants for children, pregnant women and family medical Medicaid/Apple Health programs, coverage will begin on the first day of the month in which the application was submitted.)
If you’re not eligible for Apple Health, you may qualify for help with your health insurance or for other health services. The website will help you with that.