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Dec

21

2020

Expecting their second child, Angela and her family were living in an area with limited access to medical care. Not only was her daughter behind on immunizations, but Angela felt their options to access health care were limited. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had been planning a move to...

Nov

16

2020

  Ronni, mother of six, knows what it’s like to not be able to afford the resources her family needs. When she lost her income due to a work-related injury, she became homeless with her 1-year old son. Over the next several years her Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage offered...

Oct

6

2020

The following story was submitted by Frank Sikorski, a Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) client who was laid off from his job at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how Apple Health supported his family and offered comfort in their time of need. I have always been well...

Oct

6

2020

Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) have received and distributed a whopping 4.4 million pieces of personal protection equipment (PPE) to those in need. Above: Healthier Here ACH in Seattle collecting PPE to distribute to their region. HCA recently asked health care providers,...

Jul

13

2020

A single mom of six kids living in Ephrata, Penny, has experienced one health crisis after another. Despite these challenges Penny’s family has remained close. “I mean we have had some pretty serious stuff, we were frequent flyers at Children’s [Hospital] and there is no way we could have gotten...

Jul

13

2020

Telehealth plays an important role in maintaining well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to smartphones is necessary when coordinating care remotely. Many individuals with lower incomes don’t have the technology to access health care or other vital services while maintaining physical...

Jul

13

2020

Health Care Authority (HCA) is pleased to announce that through our Cascade Care public option procurement process, we have identified five carriers as apparently successful bidders (ASBs). Even with COVID-19 hitting our state the same week this procurement was released, the ASBs proposed a...

Apr

28

2020

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington, HCA recognized the importance of allowing telehealth (phone and video-conferencing) so people could access health care even while staying home. In response, HCA made policy decisions and investments to get phones, laptops, software and...

Apr

3

2020

The Washington State Department of Health, the Health Care Authority, the Department of Social and Health Services and partner agencies have launched a statewide public awareness campaign to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Spread the Facts campaign urges people in Washington to...

Feb

27

2020

  Every year basketball fans are excited to celebrate the collegiate basketball tournament series known as March Madness. During this time, the gambling public will spend approximately $10 billion wagering on the outcomes of the games played. In response to this, March was selected as...

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