The Affordable Care Act (ACA) puts the consumer in charge of their healthcare. The overarching goal of the ACA is to move our health system from treating disease to preventing it. It is the most comprehensive national health reform legislation enacted in decades. More information about the ACA can be found at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-record/health-care.
Does This Mean I Need Healthcare Insurance?
Most people are required to have health insurance. If you are unsure, more information about health insurance requirements can be found at www.insurance.wa.gov/understanding-health-insurance.
I Have Health Insurance Questions
Our state health agencies have different roles regarding healthcare insurance.
- Do you want to communicate with someone about enrolling in healthcare insurance? Contact an advisor at: http://www.wahbexchange.org/new-customers/application-quick-tips/customer-support-network/.
- For questions about applying or renewing Apple Health (Medicaid) go to https://www.hca.wa.gov/free-or-low-cost-health-care/apple-health-medicaid-coverage/contact-washington-apple-health-medicaid.
- The Office of the Insurance Commissioner can help with coverage issues and healthcare insurance complaints at www.insurance.wa.gov/health-insurance.
What Is Department of Health's Role In Healthcare Reform?
The Department of Health plays important roles in disease prevention, and in providing the data and information necessary for public health and healthcare professionals to succeed in this changing environment.
Our agency works with other agency programs and partners statewide on important healthcare reform activities including integrating physical and behavioral health, moving our health system toward value-based payment, and advancing whole person care.
For more information about current activities go to our homepage at: https://www.doh.wa.gov/ForPublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/HealthSystemsTransformation.