When Elizabeth and her family moved to Washington, their first jobs didn’t provide medical insurance and they weren’t sure how to find health resources. She knew her family needed affordable access to health care but didn’t know where to start.

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Elizabeth wishes more people knew about Apple Health and how the Premium Payment Program makes it easier to find a provider.

Elizabeth learned about Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage when she…


Washington recently received $17.9 million from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of our portion of the preliminary savings achieved for the Medicare program during year six of our Health Home demonstration program.

The savings are based on meeting cost and quality benchmarks and can…


Overall scores among Apple Health (Medicaid) clients in quality, satisfaction, and access to services are higher than ever, according to new client survey results. 1,251 clients were interviewed by telephone between October 2020 and March 2021:

· 92% of Apple Health clients say it’s easy to get services. …


In observance of suicide prevention month, HCA encourages Washingtonians to be there to help prevent suicide. Individuals can be present, supportive, and strong for those who may be going through a difficult time.

Suicide is preventable, and you don’t need special training to prevent it. Everyone can play a role…


Providing support for youth and young adults in the wake of losing a person to opioids is vital, and it may not look the same as other kinds of grief or healing. Taking action and offering resources can help mitigate immediate and long-term effects.

Helping youth and young adults after…


The Washington State Health Care Authority supported Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) communities and community-based organizations with awareness events and activities in recognition of National Drug Take Back Day on April 24, 2021.

Partners involved in organizing these activities include, but are not limited to, nonprofit organizations, pharmacies, healthcare…


In Washington and throughout the United States, prescription opioids are being misused at an alarming rate. Opioids are now one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths in Washington State. More people die from overdose than from car crashes.¹ …


In the past year, Amy learned no matter your job or how well you plan, you never know when you’ll need extra help. “I couldn’t plan for a pandemic or for my mom to go through cancer,” she said. …


A Washington State flag and a U.S. flag are making their way around the world thanks to the Health Care Authority’s (HCA) Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG).

The deployment flags project came out of a virtual meeting in the spring of 2020. With most employees working remotely due to the…


Val is a conservationist and animal lover; even getting her master’s degree in environmental science. After graduation in 2018, her temporary work and health insurance through her university also ended. Work performed during graduate school did not qualify her for unemployment and options for assistance were limited. …

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HCA is committed to whole-person care, purchasing health care for 2.5 million+ Washingtonians through Apple Health (Medicaid), PEBB, SEBB & COFA programs.

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