More children and teens in Washington state now qualify for health insurance through Apple Health for Kids. Apple Health for Kids, a free or low-cost health insurance program for kids and teens in Washington state, seeks to provide an affordable health insurance option to families across the state.
With Apple Health for Kids, kids and teens under the age of 19 receive quality medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage. In addition to having access to a network of doctors, hospitals, and clinics, families will have no copays or deductibles. New federal guidelines mean most families that make up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level qualify, regardless of immigration status. Premiums range from free to $30 per child, depending upon a family’s household income.
About one-third of the 83,000 uninsured children in Washington live in Pierce, King, Yakima, and Clark counties. Apple Health for Kids campaign will include statewide outreach, specifically reaching target audiences in those four counties. Special attention will be given to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino populations that currently have lower levels of enrollment. Several partners are assisting with outreach efforts, including Community-Minded Enterprises, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Yakima, Kauffman and Associates, Inc., and Desautel Hege Communications.
“Apple Health for Kids provides families with the perfect way to save money, but still ensure quality health care for their children,” said Sabino “Ben” Cabildo of Community-Minded Enterprises. “Enrollment is seamless, and is made even easier for Asian and Pacific Islander families as phone interpreting for 240 languages is available to assist families.”
The campaign is using an innovative, research-based model to promote easy enrollment and offer one-on-one support for people going through the enrollment process. A new website, myapplehealth.org, has been developed, which simplifies the application process and links enrollees with representatives who can help them fill out the forms and answer any questions they may have.
Apple Health for Kids (AHFK) was created in 2007 as part of the Cover All Kids law signed by Governor Gregoire in order to expand existing health care programs for children by making it affordable to all families. Since its creation, the program has made innovative changes to application and renewal processes to offer families a single, streamlined enrollment process and comprehensive benefits to all eligible applicants. AHFK has also undergone changes to expand eligibility to more of Washington state’s 83,000 uninsured children, now covering families making up to 300% of the federal poverty limit, regardless of immigration status. (end)
For more information, visit myapplehealth.org or call 1-855-900-3066.