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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.

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. There are other exceptions to the deadline. Find out more about when you can apply for free or low-cost health care coverage 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.

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.

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.

Northwest Health Law Advocates presents

The Affordable Care Act:
Delivering on the Promise of the ACA - How can we ensure that people get the health care they need?

A Continuing Legal Education Program

Friday, November 7, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please join us for this in-depth, all-day program offered by NoHLA. This program offers participants a unique opportunity to hear from advocates, academic experts, and state and federal officials on Washington State’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ACA-related litigation, and the Act’s impact on a range of issues. This seminar is particularly timely, as open enrollment in Qualified Health Plans begins in November, OIC’s new provider network rules are about to be implemented, and the State is embarking on its Healthier Washington health care transformation plan. 


Click here for Agenda, registration, and more information.




Faith above Facts:
One Mom’s Career in Sex Law, Part 3


"I’m ticked off with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and four of his brethren. The nerve of those guys! In the recent, fiercely divided 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision, they ruled that one man’s belief is more important than a woman’s facts. Bosses now get to interfere with their female employees’ personal decisions about birth control. 

Essentially, five men determined that discrimination against women isn’t discrimination at all. " Roberta Riley’s blog



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


Cathy Aby"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