Monthly release of Apple Health (Medicaid) renewal data
As shared in the June 30 press release, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), in partnership with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), will continue to release Apple Health (Medicaid) renewal data monthly.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple Health clients did not need to provide renewal information to maintain their health care coverage. With the ending of the public health emergency, federal law requires states to resume eligibility verification over the next year.
More than 2.3 million Washington State residents are covered by Apple Health. The state is engaging in extensive outreach efforts to make sure Apple Health clients update their eligibility information to avoid losing coverage they might still be eligible for.
December 2023 data highlights
- Total Monthly renewals processed: 151,623
- Total number of disenrollments: 61,193
- Disenrolled for not responding: 33,218
May through July 2023 had a large number of disenrollments consistent with expectations. Disenrollment numbers are expected to decrease through April 2024 but at a lower rate than the first three months. This likely means that many people who needed Apple Health during the pandemic have regained employer-sponsored insurance, found coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder, or now qualify for Medicare.
Apple Health clients and Washington Healthplanfinder customers are encouraged to update their contact information to ensure they receive their renewal notice over the next year to maintain their health coverage.