Government Health Insurance Programs
Basic Health of Washington State
The Basic Health is a state sponsored health insurance program for low to moderate-income residents of WA state. Basic Health is currently enrolling; many students are eligible for coverage. Applications may be downloaded from this site. Help with filling out the application is available at the Health Services office on the Mount Vernon campus or over the phone. Basic Health Web Site
Washington Women in Need - Health Insurance Premium Grant
Healthy Kids Now!
Infants through teenagers can receive free or low-cost health insurance. Many families in Washington State qualify and don't know it. The programs are flexible and cover kids in many types of households.
The process is easy and many working families qualify. Income, family size (be sure to include a pregnancy as a family member) and some monthly expenses are reviewed for eligibility.
Over 100,000 children and teenagers in Washington State don't have health insurance. Many families can get free or low-cost health insurance for their kids. A family of 4 with gross income up to $4,032 a month may be eligible. Healthy Kids Now.
Apple Health for Kids may also provide free medical coverage to non-citizen children under the age of 19 with family income at or below 200% Federal Poverty Level, who are not eligible for Medicaid because of their immigration status.
Within Reach - essential resources for family health - WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
The Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides healthy foods to pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children under the age of five. WIC families receive monthly checks to use at local grocery stores. With the checks, you can get healthy foods such as milk, cheese, cereal, peanut butter, eggs, dried beans, juices and infant formula. WIC also provides services such as nutrition education and breastfeeding support. Eligibility for the program is based on gross monthly income and nutritional need. Your family may still be eligible even if you are working. Within Reach - Wic.
First Steps Program - Maternity Support
First Steps is a program that helps low-income pregnant women get the health and social services they may need. These services will help you be a healthy mother and have a healthy baby. First Steps is available as soon as you know that you are pregnant. After you have your baby or are no longer pregnant, your DSHS medical coverage will continue for two months. This will still be full medical, vision and dental coverage. After two months you will start receiving a Family Planning Only ID card. You will continue to get Family Planning Services for 10 months after other First Steps benefits end. Your baby will receive full medical coverage until his or her first birthday.
First Steps services include: Paid medical bills, Transportation to medical appointments, Child care while at medical appointments, Child birth education, Medical care for your newborn, Help accessing medical care for your children, Drug education and assistance, Family Planning services when your pregnancy ends. Women also receive Maternity Support Services. Some support services can continue until the baby turns one year old. First Steps Program
Breast and Cervical Health Program
If you are age 40 - 64, you may be eligible for free or low-cost breast and cervical health screening services. The Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program (WBCHP) in Washington state is designed to provide uninsured and underinsured women aged 40-64 with breast and cervical cancer screenings. The web site was developed to help answer questions, and provide information about the program. If you have any questions that are not answered, please contact the Prime Contractor for your area. The web site contains information on eligibility for participation in the Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program (WBCHP), services that are offered by WBCHP, facts about WBCHP along with some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), current and archived news items and upcoming events, and links to web sites outside of the Washington State Department of Health that may be of interest to you. Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program
Generally, Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, younger people with disabilities and people with End Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplant). Medicare has two parts, Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medicare Insurance).