Extension of the Public Health Emergency

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Extension of the Public Health Emergency

The Health Care Authority (HCA) learned from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the current COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) has been extended through July 15, 2022. According to HHS’ letter to the Governors, the PHE may be extended in 90-day increments and HHS will provide states with 60 days’ notice prior to termination. HCA will continue to share updates as new information becomes available, and communicate to clients, partners, and stakeholders before any eligibility changes take place.

What does this mean for Apple Health clients?

Current Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) clients will not lose their coverage during the PHE unless they do not meet residency, citizenship or immigration requirements, or request closure. Clients should continue to report changes, including changes to their household contact information.

To ensure your clients do not miss letters or notifications about their coverage, make sure their contact information is up to date in Washington Healthplanfinder or with Washington Connection.

More information

Follow us on social media for updates on Apple Health and the PHE. For questions contact AHEligCovid19@hca.wa.gov or visit hca.wa.gov/phe for more information.

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