Apple Health (Medicaid) During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency


Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, some individuals were granted extended Apple Health (Medicaid). Unfortunately, those extensions will soon end; therefore, you must keep your contact details up-to-date and monitor renewal notices carefully.

Most Apple Health recipients will enroll in one of five managed care plans.


Medicaid is a health coverage program for low-income earners administered at the state and federal levels, each with its own rules. Seniors and children can qualify depending on age and needs. Eligibility requirements depend on monthly household income, family size, and citizenship status – those who can afford private coverage may opt-out. At the same time, those unable to do so may find affordable plans through Washington Healthplanfinder.

Apple Health Medicaid program offers various services for senior citizens, such as home care and transportation assistance. They may also assist with covering prescription costs. Dental, vision, and hearing assistance and long-term care coverage are free yearly adult well-care visits and breast cancer screenings for eligible women. Senior citizens must know eligibility requirements before applying for Medicaid and ensure they enroll in the right plan according to their circumstances.

Most Apple Health enrollees will opt for one of five managed care plans. Five Integrated Managed Care Plans offer coverage: Amerigroup Washington, Coordinated Care of Washington, Community Health Plan of Washington, Molina Healthcare of Washington, and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. These may not all be available everywhere, but each offers similar benefits with special features – for instance, the Molina plan includes a virtual urgent care clinic where you can video chat with a doctor to seek medical advice regarding allergies, colds, and pink eye.

As part of its response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Health Care Authority extended many Apple Health clients’ coverage. Now that this period has concluded, HCA will review all clients’ eligibility over the coming 12 months; those without other forms of coverage such as Medicare, employer-sponsored insurance policies, or Qualified Health Plans on state marketplaces will lose their benefits, but most affected individuals can find other sources of coverage through Medicare, employer-sponsored policies or Qualified Health Plans on state marketplaces.


As part of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the federal government implemented many changes designed to make medical care and vaccines more readily available for everyone, including immigrants. A key measure was expanding eligibility for Apple Health (Medicaid). Unfortunately, however, this extension is now ending; people who enrolled during COVID-19 will soon receive renewal notices as their eligibility will be reviewed over the next 12 months.

Eligibility for Apple Health depends on factors like household income, family size, and state residency. You can check your eligibility at Washington Healthplanfinder and then find out whether or not you qualify for free or low-cost coverage. In addition, subsidies can help offset prescription drugs, long-term care, or other costs; if you already have Medicare and Apple Health, an Advantage plan that coordinates both will provide complete protection.

Many families with children benefit from the Apple Health for Families program. This service is available to families whose incomes fall within 138% of FPL and who have legal status in the US, offering preventative and mental health services, prescription drug coverage, eye exams, and dental visits for ages 0-21.

Apple Health also assists older adults living on a limited income and those who qualify for Medicare and Apple Health, providing various services like medical coverage for low-income adults, children, and pregnant women, home care, and community support services.

If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, a Managed Care Organization (MCO) will oversee all aspects of your healthcare, from hospital stays and physician office visits to hospice. When selecting the MCO that best meets your location preferences and budget needs, it’s recommended that the selection is made based on location preferences and budget constraints. Furthermore, check your health coverage information frequently, such as mailing addresses, phone numbers, or any contact information; update any discrepancies through Washington Connection or Healthplanfinder as soon as possible.

Qualified Health Plans

If you live in Washington with limited income and citizenship, Apple Health (Medicaid) could be proper. This program offers comprehensive health coverage with no deductibles or copayments and no cost for prescription drugs! You can determine eligibility by visiting Washington Healthplanfinder or calling their hotline; both services provide confidential assessments free of charge.

Washington Healthplanfinder provides qualified health plans, which are private insurance plans meeting health reform standards, for individuals and families earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level. Financial assistance may also be available to cover their plan costs. Plans offered must provide all ten essential benefits while being affordable in terms of copays and out-of-pocket expenses, as well as providing enough in-network providers; furthermore, they must also be approved by marketplaces.

Metal levels of health insurance plans provide four options tailored to fit their members’ unique needs, with monthly premiums depending on income and age. You may also qualify for tax credits that reduce this monthly bill further.

The Affordable Care Act has enabled many low-income residents to gain access to health care. Unfortunately, some individuals remain without coverage – often immigrants with difficulty finding affordable health insurance plans; others do not qualify for federally sponsored programs such as Medicare or Medicaid. Apple Health for Adults and Cascade Care Savings Program are two solutions that offer coverage to these individuals.

Washington State has implemented several additional strategies to assist immigrant communities, including community health centers in cities with large immigrant populations that provide health services such as counseling and education about the healthcare system and link individuals with doctors or specialists. Furthermore, Washington has established Alien Emergency Medical to cover emergency hospital care for immigrants without traditional health insurance plans.

Managed Care Plans

Washington State residents could qualify for free or low-cost health insurance through Apple Health. Apple offers two forms of coverage – managed care and fee-for-service range (also called no-plan coverage). Your individual needs, budget, and location will determine which option best meets them – the Washington Health Plan Finder can be used to locate available plans in your area.

Most Apple Health clients receive their healthcare through managed care plans designed to offer comprehensive services at a lower cost than traditional fee-for-service Medicaid. Managed care plans work by connecting their members with doctors and providers who handle your health care. In Washington State, five such programs serve Apple Health clients: Amerigroup Washington, Coordinated Care of Washington, Community Health Plan of Washington, Molina Healthcare of Washington, and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

Apple Health eligibility requires your household income to fall below 138% of the federal poverty level and meet other criteria, including US citizenship or qualifying immigration status, state residency requirements, age (18 or over), or disability requirements. Applications can be submitted year-round with eligibility based on monthly income, household size, and other factors.

Children and adults can qualify for subsidies to assist with the costs of purchasing Qualified Health Plans on the Exchange and find options and prices by entering their zip code in the search box. If they do not qualify for subsidies, individual plans can still be purchased outside the QHP marketplace at the total price; you can learn about your options and apply by visiting Washington Health Plan Finder, an easy-to-use and regularly updated site that features local resources and events information as well as free use with no personal data collected; any time they have questions or need assistance they can call their customer service number which provides knowledgeable representatives who will assist them quickly with your plan purchase decision!

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