Potential government shutdown

In the event of a federal government shutdown, individuals enrolled in Apple Health (Medicaid), Public Employees Benefits Board, and School Employees Benefits Board coverage—and those accessing behavioral health services—will not experience a disruption in care. In addition, health care providers will continue to be paid for the services they provide.

If a shutdown occurs, we will share more information at that time.

Health Information Technology

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is the Medicaid state agency in Washington, whose Health Information Technology (HIT) unit leads our state’s efforts to improve the health of our citizens through multiple federal and state projects. Learn how we lead the way on the effective sharing and use of electronic health information through these major projects.

Please take a moment to view our 2021 report celebrating achievements made in Washington state with Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) funding.


The HIT program seeks to:

  • Advance the adoption and meaningful uses of nationally certified electronic health record systems.
  • Advance statewide secure, efficient, and effective sharing and use of electronic health information across organizations and regions to:
    • Improve health outcomes.
    • Improve health care quality.
    • Lower health care costs.
  • Reduce duplication of treatments/tests.
  • Advance care coordination across the health care industry.
  • Move from paper records to electronic clinical records.