Below is a listing of health insurance plans and programs for people who are considered low income or who just need additional help with health care costs:
Health insurance plans
Health insurance plan name
Get help paying for your insurance premiums when you buy a health plan in our state's health insurance Exchange through the Washington Healthplanfinder. The 2022 individual and family health plan open enrollment period occurs Nov. 1, 2021 through Jan. 15, 2022. For health coverage to start Jan. 1, 2022, you must buy a plan Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. For coverage to start Feb. 1, 2022, you must buy a plan from Dec. 16, 2021 through Jan. 15, 2022. If you miss the annual open enrollment period, you can still enroll if you qualify for Apple Health (www.hca.wa.gov) or a special enrollment period.
The state of Washington program provides medical, dental, vision and mental health coverage to people who qualify. There is no open enrollment period, so you can apply throughout the year. You can apply for Apple Health online through the Washington Healthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org).
Note: Apple Health for Kids and Medicaid have merged into "Apple Health" and serves all ages, not just kids.
Health care programs
Aged, Blind or Disabled Cash Assistance Program (www.dshs.wa.gov)
Provides a monthly cash grant to people who are age 65 or older, blind, or have a long-term medical condition.
Apple Health for Workers with Disabilities Program (www.dshs.wa.gov)
Health care coverage for people with disabilities age 16 though 64 who meet federal disability requirements and are employed.
Helps some people with insurance copays and deductibles.
Provides free breast, cervical and colon-cancer screening to low-income people in Washington state.
This is not insurance, but these practices charge a set monthly fee for all primary care delivered in their office.
Provides programs to help people with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) get medical and supportive care services.
May help pay for insurance premiums for people with AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
Provides financial assistance to uninsured people who need help paying for transplant and catastrophic-injury medical expenses.
May provide help with rent and utilities, personal health and hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and transportation.
Provides health care and prescription coverage to people who qualify based on their income, assets, health, disability, and family size. Note: Apple Health for Kids and Medicaid have merged into "Apple Health" and serves all ages, not just kids. You can now apply for Apple Health online through the Washington Healthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org).
Provides a monthly cash grant to pregnant women who meet income, resource and citizenship requirements. Note: This program is part of the Apple Health program.
Medicare beneficiaries may apply to see if they qualify to enroll in classic Medicaid and/or in a Medicare Savings Program to help cover Medicare costs.