Why is insurance important?
It’s much cheaper to prevent health problems, or treat them early, than to go to the emergency room when things get bad. Having health insurance helps cover the cost of medical care. There are affordable health insurance programs in Washington State.
Find out if you qualify and apply online using our Benefit Finder. If you have questions about how to apply or the program, call us at 1-877-543-7669.
Is there insurance for teens?
Yes. Apple Health for Kids is a health insurance program offered by the State to teens and kids under age 19. It provides medical, dental, vision and mental health benefits. There are no deductibles or co-pays. The insurance is free or low cost depending on your income and is available to both citizens and non-citizens.
Is there insurance for pregnant teens?
Yes. Free insurance is available for pregnant teens under 19 years of age who live in Washington state and need to keep their pregnancy confidential. The program is called Washington Apple Health for Pregnant Teens. There is no income limit for the program, and pregnant teens in this program will not need to provide their parent’s income or financial information to apply.
To apply, please complete the paper application below:
Application for Pregnant Teen Health Care Coverage
MAIL the completed application to:
Medical Eligibility Determination Services
PO Box 45531
Olympia, WA 98504-5531
For more information or help applying, call the Apple Health for Kids Hotline toll-free at 1-877-543-7669.
What other options are there?
Washington State offers other insurance programs for families, pregnant women and children. There is even a program called Take Charge that offers males and females free birth control, and covers women’s annual exams. To learn about your health insurance options visit ParentHelp123.org
Another option for affordable medical care if you don’t have health insurance is low-cost community clinics. They will charge an amount based on how much income you receive each month. This is called a sliding scale. Find a clinic near you!
Want to know how to find a doctor, and what happens when you go to the emergency room? Read more here.
Do you have questions about your baby's health care? Start here.
This great website has lots of information about taking care of your body.