In This Issue
President's Message
Health Care that Works for Americans
Affordable Care Act: While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues
Initiative Spotlight: Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Washington’s Approach
Health Care Reform in Washington State
Washington State’s Health Insurance Exchange Progress
Your Career & Development - JOB BANKS
ACHE: Become Board Certified in Healthcare Management
Become a Mentor
UW Executive MHA and Medical Management Programs
2013-2014 Officers and Board Members
Get Involved! WSHEF Board and Committees
WSHEF Vision & Values
ACHE Tuition Waiver Assistance Program
Washington State -- Health Care Reform Resources
DELIVERY of WSHEF Newsletter (Disclaimer)
Health Care Reform in Washington State

Washington Healthplanfinder:

One of the factors in the new law is that almost everyone will be required to have health insurance by January 1, 2014. If you get your health insurance through your employer, your coverage probably will not change.

In Washington, everyone who still needs to get health insurance can use a new web portal, Washington Healthplanfinder — our state’s version of an “exchange” or “marketplace.” On October 1, 2013, it will be open for Washingtonians to shop for and enroll in quality, affordable health care plans.

It’s also where, if you are a Washington citizen with low income, you can apply for Medicaid. Or, you can see if you qualify for subsidized health care plans. If so, your new coverage under the Affordable Care Act will begin on January 1, 2014.  (Beginning October 1, for new applicants for children, pregnant women and family medical Medicaid/Apple Health programs, coverage will begin on the first day of the month in which the application was submitted.)

Medicaid Expansion and Apple Health

The Affordable Care Act raised the income limit on eligibility for Medicaid. It also simplified how you qualify and how you apply. 

By the way, we are changing the name of Medicaid to Apple Health.

You should be eligible for Medicaid/Apple Health if:

  • you are a U.S. citizen or a documented immigrant living in Washington who has been in the U.S. for at least five years,
  • you’re not incarcerated,
  • and your annual income is at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

If you’re single and your income is $15,856 or less, you should qualify. Different amounts are designated for different-sized families. (See chart.)

When you apply, you will need to know your monthly household income. You don’t need any other financial information. You will also need the Social Security number and date of birth for each household member. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you’ll need your immigration information.