Information & Fact Sheets on Washington Health Programs

Coverage Options

Information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Washington State

Individual Health Insurance for Washington State Residents

The links below will take you to more information about specific coverage options. Some of the options were created by the Affordable Care Act. The list focuses on coverage programs for lower-income people and people with special health care needs in Washington State. It does not include all types of programs and coverage.

Health Coverage Options for Washington State Residents, including:

- Coverage for Adults

- Coverage for Children

- Coverage for those who are over 65, have Disabilities, or Long-Term Care needs

Reports

Consumer-Centric Considerations for Integration

This document was developed by the Low Income Populations (LIP) committee of the Healthy Washington Coalition (HWC), a broad-based coalition of organizations dedicated to ensuring that Washington State has quality, affordable health care coverage for all of its residents. The purpose of this document is to highlight the perspective of consumers within discussions about how physical, behavioral, and oral health can best be integrated. 

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NoHLA - OneAmerica Report Urges Consumer Reforms at Yakima Regional and Toppenish Hospitals

A new report from NoHLA and OneAmerica highlights the need for Yakima Regional and Toppenish hospitals to ensure that patients who qualify for financial assistance actually receive it.

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NoHLA and Washington CAN Issue Report and Recommendations on Consumer Involvement in Regional Decisionmaking

Washington recently established Accountable Communities of Health in each of nine regions of the state for purposes of health system decision-making. These “ACHs” offer a watershed opportunity to actively include members of communities that experience disparities in health outcomes and access to care in making these decisions.

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Contraceptive Coverage in Washington State's Qualified Health Plans

A new report came out April 2015 authored by Northwest Health Law Advocates, with assistance from NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, examines whether insurance companies selling health plans through the online marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder, are complying with the ACA's contraceptive coverage requirement.

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Improving Transparency in Insurance Decisions

NoHLA's new "Report and Recommendations on Washington State's Independent Review System" recommends improvements in the system for collecting, analyzing, and making publicly available the decisions issued by Independent Review Organizations when consumers appeal a denial of health insurance coverage.

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NoHLA Survey of Health Care Navigators and Assisters Identifies Issues that Need Attention

In September 2015, NoHLA conducted its second annual online survey of the navigators and assisters who help Washington residents apply for health coverage. In total, the 64 respondents, representing all of Washington's 39 counties, assisted approximately 81,000 individuals between October 2014 and September 2015.

"While we are pleased that the first two years of Affordable Care Act implementation has sharply reduced the number of uninsured in our state, this survey indicates that obstacles remain which must be addressed," Janet Varon, Executive Director of NoHLA observed. NoHLA will use the survey results to guide its advocacy in the coming year.

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Language Access in Washington State Under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

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