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.
Health Care Access in the Washington Legislature
2014 Session Summary
The 2014 Legislative session has adjourned. See our most recent update on health care access bills here. We'll send a final summary when the Governor's work is completed.
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:
- This deadline does not affect those who qualify for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid)—you can apply for Apple Health anytime.
- If your application was pending on March 31, you may be able to complete it.
- 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
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.
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
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.
Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to achieve a seamless and equitable health care system, in which individuals are assured of basic rights and protections, and continuity of care, regardless of who they are and the type of health insurance they have.
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:
"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