Public health insurance is funded through the federal and/or state government.

Medicare is federally funded health insurance facilitated by the Social Security Administration. Medicare is typically available for individuals 65 years old and older, for individuals who received Social Security Disability benefits for at least 24 months, or for individuals with specific circumstances . For more information on Medicare please see the SHIBA/medicare page.

Washington Apple Health (Medicaid),  is a state funded program facilitated by the Health Care Authority (HCA). Washington Apple Health is free state insurance for individuals and families who meet citizenship and income eligibility requirements.  The Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace where you apply for and get enrolled for Washington Apple Health.

There are several other Medicaid programs for individuals available at the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). These additional programs can serve individuals who are legally blind, disabled or who meet age eligibility requirements. Please visit the local DSHS office in Whatcom County located at 4101 Meridian Street in Bellingham, WA for more information.

WAHA Access Counselors offer free and confidential screening for Washington Apple Health for Whatcom County residents. We can help you find out if you may qualify for Apple Health and help you submit applications on the Washington Healthplanfinder. However, HCA  makes the final determination if you are eligible and administers Medicaid coverage.