Grants to community health centers will help efforts to maintain coverage for people with Apple Health (Medicaid).
People with limited income and resources may face barriers to access health care. That’s where Apple Health (Medicaid) comes in. According to the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), more than 2 million Washingtonians have access to dental, medical, and other services because of Apple Health.
Funding from Arcora Foundation will help people with Apple Health keep their coverage. Arcora awarded $120,000 in grants to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) across the state to conduct Apple Health outreach and enrollment activities. FQHCs are federally funded nonprofit health centers or clinics where people who are underserved can get care.
Arcora provided this funding because of a big change to Apple Health eligibility requirements—known as the Medicaid Unwind. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Apple Health maintained continuous coverage for people, waiving the requirement that clients re-confirm their eligibility status. As a result of this temporary rule change—as well as the pandemic’s effects on the economy—many Washingtonians signed up for Apple Health who never had it before. Enrollees received continuous Apple Health coverage throughout the public health emergency.
When the public health emergency ended in the spring of 2023, Apple Health reverted to the pre-pandemic requirements that people with Apple Health verify they’re still eligible for coverage. If they don’t, they may lose it. Because so many Washingtonians signed up for Apple Health during the pandemic and never had to re-verify their eligibility, thousands are at risk of losing coverage. The HCA, Health Benefit Exchange, managed care organizations, providers, community-based organizations, and others are reaching out to families and individuals affected by this change. Here’s more information from the HCA on the Medicaid Unwind and what clients can expect.
These 6 FQHCs received $20,000 each. The funds will support activities to maintain Apple Health coverage for people in their communities:
- Family Health Centers (Douglas and Okanogan counties).
- HealthPoint Community Health Center (King and Snohomish counties).
- Northeast Washington Health Programs (Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille counties).
- Peninsula Community Health Services (Kitsap County).
- Valley View Health Center (Lewis County).
- Unity Care Northwest-Bellingham Children’s Dental (Whatcom County).
Apple Health is critical to helping people connect to care who might not otherwise have access. When more people access care, they are better able to reach their full health potential. Thank you to FQHCs across the state that share Arcora’s vision that all people enjoy good oral and overall health with no one left behind, and that work tirelessly to achieve it.
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