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Most King County offices will be closed on Monday, for Memorial Day.  
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Open enrollment is over for this season but you may still qualify for Washington Apple Health (also called Medicaid) year-round depending on your income.

You may also enroll in coverage if you have experienced a qualifying life changing event.

Cascade Savings Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
Customers who meet all Qualified Health Plan (QHP) eligibility requirements and have a projected income at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level* and are not currently enrolled in a Cascade Care Silver or Gold plan will be eligible for this new SEP in Washington Healthplanfinder. This SEP allows them to enroll in a Cascade Care Silver or Gold plan any month of the year without having to experience a qualifying life event.

Resources for the general public

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Open enrollment is over for this season but you may still qualify for Washington Apple Health (also called Medicaid) year-round depending on your income.

Learn about health insurance available for:

Public Health Emergency-Continuous eligibility

Since March 2020, the Washington State Health Care Authority has extended coverage for all clients who qualified for Apple Health unless they

  • Requested closure
  • Are no longer a Washington state resident
  • Fail to meet citizenship or immigration status or
  • Dies

Beginning April 1, 2023, clients will once again need to update and renew their coverage to either remain on Apple Health or transition to other coverage.

Rental assistance programs in Seattle and King County
If you need rental assistance, here are all of the programs in King County that can help support you.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act in 2021 restored Medicaid benefits for individuals from the Republic of Palau, the Federated State of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Learn more at

Family Planning Only—Birth Control Plan

Family Planning Only is a program that provides uninsured women and men coverage for family planning services to help them prevent unintended pregnancies and provides confidential family planning for teens and domestic violence victims. These services are free if you qualify.

To help you and your family save money on prescription medicine not covered by insurance, Public Health — Seattle & King County and the National Association of Counties are pleased to announce the King County Prescription Discount Card Program. Available at no cost to all county residents, the King County Prescription Discount Card Program can save an average of 24% off the price of all commonly prescribed medications. Learn how to apply.

If you become eligible for Basic Food, you may also be eligible for:

If eligible for an ORCA LIFT card, you may also be eligible for:

  • Through the Clean Up Lift program, eligible customers can receive $12 off the cost to dispose of garbage and recyclables at King County’s recycling and garbage transfer facilities.

  • Sound Transit is offering a 66% discount on solo driver parking permits for transit riders who are qualified for and obtain an ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Transit Card.

  • Lime Bike-Lime Access Program: Qualifying users can access Lime’s e-bikes at half price. The ORCA LIFT card is accepted as proof of low-income status when applying for this program.

Your family's monthly income may qualify you for low-cost energy and utility assistance services through Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Utility Discount Program (UDP).

Learn more about qualifications and how to apply for these programs.

KCADP provides dental services for residents living in King County who are not eligible for Apple Health (Medicaid) due to citizenship requirements.

Now there's a more affordable way to get to work, school, shopping, day care or anywhere else you need to go. It's ORCA LIFT, a new, reduced transit fare that can help you get more out of your public transportation system. ORCA LIFT cards can be used for Metro buses for only $1.00 per trip, any time of the day. To qualify, a person's household income must be no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level as established by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

Learn more about ORCA LIFT and where to get one.

El programa de Acceso a Servicios y Alcance Comunitario fue establecido en 1988 para promover la salud y reducir las desigualdades aumentando el acceso al cuidado de salud y otros programas de beneficio público. Haga clic aquí para más información en español.

Resources for health care providers

First Friday Forums (FFF) provides information for King County health care providers including updates on Medicaid, Basic Health and other publicly sponsored government programs. Learn about health care program eligibility, application process, advocacy and a forum for problem-solving and collaboration. Access FFF meeting materials and related resources.
Trainings, guides, print materials and more for ORCA Lift partners. Learn more.
The Promotora model is a culturally sensitive, lay health educator for the Latina community. It has been used throughout the United States to address domestic violence, chronic disease, and oral health. Learn more about the program.

The Access & Outreach program provides trainings and technical support to our community partners. As the lead Navigator organization in King County under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we help people apply for health insurance coverage, and we also coordinate a network of over 600 Navigators at partner organizations throughout the county.

Learn more about tips and best practices for Navigators.

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Event Calendar

Register up to 24 hours in advance to make an appointment to be seen at an enrollment event displayed in the calendar below (optional)

Why register? Walk-ins are welcomed without an appointment but are seen on a first-come, first-served basis so you will need to be flexible in your schedule while you wait for the next available Navigator to assist you. If you register in advance, you will know what time you'll be seen which can be helpful to plan your day.

Event date and time
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Questions or comments?

Get help from the Access and Outreach team

Seattle, North & East King County
Callista Kennedy (English)
Jennifer Covert (English)
Ben Huh (English/Korean)
Nai Saechao (English/Mien)
Claudia Sierra (Spanish)
Javier Amaya (English/Spanish)

Contact the Community Health Access Program (CHAP): We can help you find a dentist, doctor or nurse and quality health care you can afford. We also handle complaints about health insurance or other services provided by the King County Navigators at Public Health. Interpreters are available.

South King County
Willie Allen (English)
Carmen Olvera (English/Spanish)
Cristel Solis-Barrientos (English/Spanish)
Yvette Angel (English/Spanish)
Leticia Vargas (English/Spanish)
Miguel Urquiza (English/Spanish)
Cindy Mai (English/Vietnamese)
Bishaw Gezie (Amharic)
Fartun Mohamed (English/Somali)

Where to send applications and documents

Access & Outreach
Public Health - Seattle & King County
401 5th Ave., Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104

Or fax the application to 206-296-0881

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