Basic Health coverage is underwritten by private health plans in Washington State. In most counties, members have a choice of health plans. All plans offer the same basic benefits, but monthly premiums, providers, and some coverage details vary.
Basic Health is available to Washington residents who are not eligible for free or purchased Medicare, who meet income guidelines, and who are not institutionalized at the time of enrollment. Coverage costs are paid through monthly premiums and CO-payments at the time of service. The monthly premium depends upon your age, income, the number and ages of dependents, and the health plan you choose. Benefits include doctor and hospital care, including preventive care, emergency services, and prescription drugs.
Basic Health Plus is a Medicaid program for children of families eligible for Basic Health. It offers comprehensive health care for children under the age of 19 at no cost to the family. Medicaid pays the entire cost for Basic Health Plus coverage, including monthly premiums and CO-payments. Children enrolled in Basic Health Plus receive benefits from the same health plan that provides services for other family members in Basic Health. Additional benefits, such as dental and vision services, are available to children enrolled in Basic Health Plus.
Additional information and the Basic Health application can be obtained by calling 1-800-826-2444, by visiting the website at http://www.basichealth.hca.wa.gov/, or by requesting information from your healthcare provider.