Apple Health coverage will continue during the public health emergency

Tue, 07/20/2021

The current COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) expires on October 18, 2021. According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) letter to the Governors,  the PHE may be extended through the rest of 2021 in 90-day increments. The Health Care Authority (HCA) will have 60 days-notice before the emergency ends and will communicate to clients, partners, and stakeholders before any changes take place.

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.

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.