Washington Apple Health (Medicaid)

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 are able to get preventive care, like 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

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, you will receive a Services Card in about two weeks. 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.

How to renew coverage

  • Online: Go to the Healthplanfinder website – look for the green "Renew My Coverage" button.
  • Phone: 1-855-923-4633 to renew through Washington Healthplanfinder
  • In-Person: Locate a navigator in your community who, at no additional cost, can help you find, compare, and select a health plan.

Note: You will need your household’s estimated income and Social Security numbers for all applying members.

Missed the deadline?

If you have missed the deadline to renew, but you would like to continue coverage, please contact us as soon as possible. If we find you eligible within 90 days after the date you lost coverage, we will cover you for the period you were without coverage.

Email the Health Care Authority the following information with the subject line “Renewal” for help renewing your lost coverage. You may also call 1-855-623-9357.

Please include:

  • Primary applicant’s full name.*
  • Primary applicant’s date of birth.*
  • Primary applicant’s ACES client ID or ProviderOne ID number (if available).
  • New address or phone number (if you moved or changed phone numbers).

*Required information

 

Don't be fooled by scams! 

See tips on safely applying for Apple Health.

 

 

First-timers' Guide to Washington Apple Health (Medicaid)

Now that you've enrolled in Apple Health, what's next? Here's a guide in plain language that explains what to expect. See the guide.
 

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1-800-562-6906 or send us an email at HotTips@hca.wa.gov.