What's New

Just Became Pregnant?

Enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) and just became pregnant? Read this FAQ to see how pregnancy may affect your health care coverage.

Read this FAQ to see if you can still submit an application after the 3/31 deadline

If you had trouble completing or starting an application for a qualified health plan (QHP) before the 3/31 deadline, read this fact sheet (PDF) to see how you can complete an application or maybe qualify for a special enrollment period.

Summarizing Outcome of the 2014 Washington Legislature ’s Actions Related to Health Care Access

NoHLA’s summary of bills that passed and were signed by the Governor and the summary of provisions in the Supplemental Operating Budget that relate to health care access click here.

Enrollment in ACA programs Still Available for Some

Have you signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act yet? The deadline to apply for a Qualified Health Plan (individual health plan) for coverage in 2014 was March 31, with some important exceptions:

  1. This deadline does not affect those who qualify for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid)—you can apply for Apple Health anytime.
  2. If your application was pending on March 31, you may be able to complete it.
  3. There are other exceptions to the deadline. Find out more about when you can apply for free or low-cost health care coverage here and here.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray
Highlights the ACA’s Positive Impact on Women
Carrie and Ingrid featured in Senate speech

Recovering from ram attack, Carrie Little, an Orting Farmer praises her new coverage and urges lawmakers to support the Basic health Option. See her Guest Opinion in Crosscut

More of NoHLA's stories are featured on CoverageIsHere.wa.gov and in our media archives.

Carrie Little with dog Rock and tractor Roberta

Local Organic Farmer Carrie Little on the Importance of Affordable Health Coverage

Carrie's Guest Opinion in Crosscut praises the new healthcare system and urges lawmakers to support the Basic health Option.


Rene at Cafe Soleil

René Loves Her New
ACA Health Coverage

By Roberta Riley

Listen to René, in her own words, as she shares her empowering story.

A few months ago, she needed medical care but couldn’t afford it. Then Roberta sent her a link to a radio show on how to enroll, and Voilà! Now René has peace of mind. She tells her friends to sign up, “This is for us!”

Adult Dental is back!

Thanks to a strong advocacy effort last year, the Washington Legislature restored dental services to all Medicaid adults, including the new expansion group, effective January 1, 2014. Adult dental benefits had been severely limited in 2011 as a result of recessionary budget cuts (children’s dental benefits were not affected). This fact sheet contains information about what’s covered.


Coverage is Here!
Insurance Options in Washington

Washington Healthplan finder

Read our overview of Health Reform in Washington State and our more detailed guide to Coverage Options in Washington State. Then visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org to explore your options and sign up.

Thank Goodness this Eastern Washington couple now has health insurance


Claire Johnston and Jim German



One snowy March morning,Claire discovered her husband, Jim, struggling to move his arm or even speak. She called 911.

Without their new coverage, they wouldn’t have been able to afford the costly tests that determined Jim had suffered a stroke

“In the ER and later, it was such a relief to know we were covered,” said Claire. Jim is doing well & is now in the care of a cardiologist.

Both are artists who run a small, eclectic bar in the town of Waitsbug. Their income varies, so, as Claire explained in a recent Spokane NPR interview, it’s really important to keep premiums as affordable as possible.  That’s why she urges leaders to adopt the Federal Basic Health Option.

"To have that option that we can fall back on in slow times, is really very comforting.


Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to achieve a seamless health care system, in which all individuals receive affordable, quality care, and are assured of basic rights and protections.

Our work focuses on issues of concern to low-income individuals and families, particularly in Washington State. Please see NoHLA Advocacy for information about NoHLA's recent work.

NoHLA's work involves:

  • Legal consultation to attorneys and advocates on public health insurance programs
  • Legal and policy analysis
  • Training and community education
  • Legislative and administrative advocacy


"Within weeks of NoHLA's Medicaid training, I was able to use the information you taught us to identify numerous cases in which families were wrongly denied coverage—and to bring those cases forward to get them resolved.

By giving all of us tools and knowledge to successfully advocate for people, NoHLA has impacted so many lives – making healthcare accessible and helping families avoid financial disaster."

~ Cathy Aby, Health Educator,Public Health – Seattle & King County