Apple Health and the public health emergency

Learn about Apple Health (Medicaid) continued coverage and the public health emergency.

About Apple Health continued coverage due to the public health emergency

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.

What does this mean for Apple Health clients?

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 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.

Volunteer Apple Health ambassador program

Apple Health ambassadors are volunteer community partners. Ambassadors raise awareness around actions clients need to take to maintain coverage by sharing tools and messaging to reach clients.

Their participation in our outreach and communication creates a cohesive voice through culturally competent consistent messaging.

Learn more about our Apple Health ambassador program.

Public health emergency status

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will still determine when the PHE ends and give states 60 days’ notice. HHS extended the PHE through April 11, 2023. The PHE is extended 90 days at a time according to the HHS letter to Governors

More information

The Health Care Authority is currently updating their communications materials to reflect changes from the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2023. We will share updates as we receive additional guidance.

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