Whole-person care expands to the North Sound region on July 1

Fri, 06/28/2019

Beginning July 1, 2019, Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) clients in the North Sound region transition to a whole-person approach to care delivery. Services will be coordinated through a single health plan so that people receive the help they need for body and mind, including mental health and substance use treatment. Apple Health clients moving to integrated managed care received an enrollment notice in early June. 

The North Sound region includes the following counties:

  • Island
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish
  • San Juan
  • Whatcom

In 2014, state legislation directed a transition to fully integrate the purchasing of medical and behavioral health services for Apple Health clients through a managed care system no later than Jan. 1, 2020. Integrated managed care implementation began in April 2016. 

An integrated care model helps individuals — especially those with multiple complex conditions — receive the full spectrum of care and services they need. By combining both sets of benefits under the same managed care plan, the managed care plan will be responsible and accountable for addressing both the medical and behavioral health needs of individuals, leading to more integrated care and better outcomes.

The final regions of the state to move to integrated managed care are:

January 2020

  • Great Rivers (Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties)
  • Salish (Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties)
  • Thurston-Mason (Mason and Thurston counties)

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