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Washington's Apple Health for Kids Medical Programs

Authored By: Northwest Health Law Advocates
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Which kids are eligible for medical coverage through the Department of Social and Health Services?

Medical programs in Washington provide full medical and dental coverage for children whose families have incomes up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  This "Apple Health for Kids" coverage is available for:

  • Kids who live with uninsured or underinsured parents.

  • Street kids and kids living on their own.

  • Kids living with friends or relatives.

  • Kids who live with one or both parents.

  • Kids whose parent(s) work.

Medicaid coverage for kids is complete including preventive care and check-ups.  There are currently no deductibles, no premiums and no co-payments for families below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  Families between 200% and 250% FPL pay monthly premiums of $20 per child per month, but no more than $40 per month.  Families between 250% and 300% FPL pay premiums of $30 per child per month, but no more than $60 per month. There is one exception: families with income above 200% FPL pay $98 per month for a child who does not have documented legal status in the U.S., but no more than $196 per month.

What are the eligibility guidelines for the DSHS children’s medical programs?

To be eligible for Apple Health for Kids, a child must be under nineteen years old, be a resident of Washington, and have countable family income of up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level as set out below:

Family Size

Monthly Income
200% FPL

Monthly Income
250% FPL

Monthly Income
300% FPL

1

1,862

2,327

2,793

2

2,522

3,152

3,783

3

3,182

3,977

4,773

4

3,842

4,802

5,763

5

4,502

5,627

6,753

6

5,162

6,452

7,743

7

5,8225

7,277

8,733

8

6,482

8,102

9,723

Only the income of parents and stepparents in the home, and any income of the child, is counted. Income deductions and exclusions may apply.  Even if income exceeds the above levels, families should be encouraged to apply.

Are there limitations if the child has other insurance?

There are no limitations for a child with other health insurance when family income is up to 200% FPL.  For these children, the state children's medical programs provide "wraparound" coverage: they pay premiums, deductibles, and cost-sharing required by the other insurance.  They also cover services not covered by the insurance.

For children in families with income above 200% FPL who have access to other health insurance, there are limitations on eligibility for state programs.  Children with other insurance may not qualify for children's medical programs, depending on the type of insurance.  There also may be a waiting period if the family recently dropped employer-paid health coverage, unless it meets certain conditions related to cost or hardship. 

What is the new program for former foster youth?

Foster youth receiving Medicaid when they turn 18 qualify for continued Medicaid coverage until they reach the age of 21.  They do not need to reapply.

Where do I apply?

You may apply for Apple Health for Kids online, by phone or mail, or in person. 

More information is available at http://hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/applehealth/more_information.shtml. You can get help by email or phone from someone in your county: http://hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/applehealth/talk_to_someone.shtml.

What if my child's medical is denied or terminated?

If your child(ren) are or were receiving Medicaid but become ineligible, DSHS is required to look at whether they qualify for other medical programs before terminating Medicaid

If Medicaid coverage is denied or terminated, you have the right to request a fair hearing. You may request a fair hearing by writing to the Office of Administrative Hearings, P.O. Box 42488, Olympia, WA 98504 or by filling out and handing in a Request for Fair Hearing form at your local DSHS office.  An impartial administrative law judge will then decide whether the termination or denial was legally correct. 

If you need help or advice regarding a fair hearing, your legal services office may be able to assist or advise you.  Or, you may call CLEAR at 1-888-201-1014.  Also, for tips on representing yourself, you may ask for our publication Representing Yourself at a Fair Hearing.

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This publication provides general information concerning your rights and responsibilities.  It is not intended as a substitute for specific legal advice. 
This information is current as of the date of its printing, November 2012