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Questions about the Apple Health Expansion? ICHS is here to help

Questions about the Apple Health Expansion? ICHS is here to help

June 4, 2024
ICHS Danna Community Access Photo (web)

ICHS Community Access Specialist Danna Nunez Fernandez greets an attendee at the Ballinger Neighborhood Friendship Festival, back in September 2022. Bilingual ICHS staff attend community events throughout the year to share information about ICHS’ free health insurance enrollment assistance and other health resources.

NEW in Washington State! Health coverage is expanding to cover non-citizens with certain immigration statuses, including those who are undocumented. This “Apple Health Expansion” might mean you and your family are eligible for health and dental services.

*** Important: Applications open on June 20th. Health coverage begins July 1st.

FREE help from ICHS

International Community Health Services (ICHS) provides free help for patients and for anyone in King County seeking to enroll or renew health insurance.

We can help answer your questions about the Apple Health Expansion. Meet with an ICHS navigator to review your information prior to applications opening. Call (206) 788-3700 to schedule an appointment. Se habla español! Por favor pregunta para español cuando llames.

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Apple Health Expansion is expanding to cover undocumented immigrants who meet income limits. Applications open June 20, space is limited so call ICHS soon to begin your application.

What is Apple Health Expansion?

This NEW program provides coverage for adults age 19 and older with certain immigration statuses:

  • People who are undocumented
  • People who are in the process of applying (for example: for a green card or asylum)

    You may be eligible if you:

        • Are a Washington state resident age 19 or older
        • Have countable income under 138% of the federal poverty level
        • Do not qualify for other Apple Health programs based on immigration status
        • Are not pregnant or did not have a pregnancy end in the last 12 months
        • Are not eligible for qualified health plans with advance premium tax credits, federally funded medical assistance programs

        **Permanent residents who have not met the five-year bar to become eligible for Apple Health are not eligible for the new Apple Health Expansion.

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        What services are covered?

        Apple Health Expansion will cover the following services:

        • Physical and behavioral health services
        • Dental services
        • Transportation to Apple Health covered appointments
        • Interpreter Services
        • Pharmacy (Over the counter and prescription drugs on the Apple Health preferred drug list)
        • Vision hardware (for clients under 21 years of age)

        When does this happen?

        Individuals may start applying for the Apple Health Expansion at 8 a.m. on June 20, 2024. This program has limited capacity and is expected to fill quickly!

        Health coverage begins Saturday, July 1st for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

        Space is limited

        Enrollment is limited to 13,000 Washington residents.

        How do I apply?

        Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on June 20, the Washington State government agency Washington Health Care Authority will accept online applications. Basic questions, such as those regarding your monthly income, will be asked and verified.

        Don’t wait! Call ICHS at: (206) 788-3700 or find enrollment information online.


        HCA does not share client information with any immigration agency, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other federal agencies. Eligibility for Apple Health Expansion is exempt from the public charge test. View the announcement to learn more (Español).

        Other Questions

        Do you have other enrollment questions? Questions about Apple Health for pregnant individuals? Or need additional language assistance? Call ICHS at (206) 788-3700 for free assistance.


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