Changes to Apple Health continued coverage

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During the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) the Health Care Authority (HCA) extended coverage for all Apple Health (Medicaid) clients. This extension is now ending due to the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2023.

The PHE is not ending. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will still determine when the PHE ends and give states 60 days’ notice.

What to expect

HCA anticipates resuming normal operations April 1, 2023. Clients will receive a renewal notice prior to the end of their renewal period sometime over the next 12 months, based on a client’s renewal date.

For example, clients with a renewal date in May, will receive a renewal notice in the month of April. Clients found not eligible could lose their coverage as early as 4/30, but more likely at the end of May.

Programs requiring the collection of premiums will resume at a future date following federal guidance.

What can clients do to stay informed?

The best way Apple Health clients can stay informed is by keeping their contact information up to date. This ensures they don’t miss important notices about their coverage, including their renewal notice. Learn more about how clients can update their contact information.

Clients should watch for their renewal notice and take timely action to keep their coverage active. Clients will have the opportunity to renew their coverage prior to any closure or transition of coverage.

More information

HCA will share updates as we receive additional guidance.