Apple Health coverage will continue during the public health emergency

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the public health emergency (PHE) through January 11, 2023. The PHE is extended 90 days at a time. According to the HHS letter to Governors, the states will receive 60 days' notice before ending the PHE. HCA has not received notice that the PHE will end in January. We are assuming HHS will extend the PHE another 90 days to April 11, 2023. This will not be official until mid-January. 

What does this mean for Apple Health clients?

Current Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) clients will not lose their coverage during the PHE unless they don’t meet residency, citizenship or immigration requirements. Clients should continue to report changes in income, household members, and contact information.

If you have Apple Health coverage, you will not lose your coverage for reporting a change during the PHE.

Make sure your contact information is up to date in your Washington Healthplanfinder account so you don’t miss letters or notifications once the PHE ends.

What happens after the PHE ends?

In the 12 months after the PHE ends, clients will go through a renewal or review process depending on their current renewal end date. For more information on eligibility after the PHE ends, view the External Guide to Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) Post-PHE.

Communications

Client communications for the end of the public health emergency are outlined in our communications toolkits. These toolkits act as a messaging guide for navigators, brokers, providers, managed care organizations (MCOs), other stakeholders, and tribal entities to help clients understand what will happen to their coverage when the PHE ends. These toolkits are all inclusive and may contain information not applicable to you or your organization.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

View the Public health emergency FAQ to learn more about Apple Health and the PHE.

More information

 

HCA will continue to share updates as new information becomes available. Follow us on social media for updates on Apple Health and the PHE. For more information, visit hca.wa.gov/coronavirus.