News release

For immediate release.
Friday, December 23, 2016

Health Home program addition to King and Snohomish counties delayed

OLYMPIA – The Health Care Authority (HCA) and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) have delayed the addition of Health Home care coordination services to King and Snohomish counties until April 1, 2017.

This was initially scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2017, but HCA has postponed implementation to work toward a larger Health Home provider network. The addition of these two counties will result in statewide coverage of the Health Home program.

The Health Home program promotes person-centered health action planning to empower clients to take charge of their own health care. This is accomplished through better coordination between the client and all of their health care providers, and encourages involvement and independence. Clients, providers and advocates have strongly supported the Health Home program in areas where the program is currently available.

For more information, visit the Health Home webpage, or contact the program directly at healthhomes@hca.wa.gov.