Apple Health coverage will continue during the public health emergency

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the public health emergency (PHE) until October, 13 2022. 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. We did not receive notice that the PHE will expire on October 13, 2022. We expect the PHE will be extended another 90 days to January 11, 2023.

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, view the External Guide to Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) Post-PHE.

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.