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

Medicare is a federally funded health insurance. For more information on Medicare and related programs, please see the SHIBA/medicare page.

Medicaid is a state funded program facilitated through the Department of Social and Health Service (DSHS). Medicaid is funded by the Health Care Authority. The Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace where you can shop for Medicaid. Please check out our Get Enrolled webpage for more information.

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

DSHS programs include Apple Health for Kids (AHK), Pregnancy Medical, Family Medical, Medical Care Services and others. Questions? Call us: (360)788-6594.

For Children (AHK)

Apple Health for Kids (AHK) is public health insurance (Medicaid) through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The income cap is very generous, and many working families qualify for coverage, either for free or with a small monthly premium.

Health Care for Workers with Disabilities (HWD) Program

HWD is a program that allows people with disabilities who are working to purchase DSHS medical coverage. There is a reasonable monthly premium that is calculated off the individual’s income.

Family Medical

Family Medical is health insurance for families with dependent children under the age of 18. The income cap of this program is very low.

Medicare Savings Program (MSP)

Programs to help Medicare recipients pay for all or part of their Medicare out-of-pocket costs.

Alien Emergency Medical Program (AEM)

Emergency medical program for persons who do not meet the citizenship requirements for other DSHS medical programs.

Pregnancy Medical Program

Pregnancy Medical is a program for pregnant women with two months of post-partum care.

Medical Care Services and Aged, Blind and Disabled Medical Program (MCS/HEN and ABD)

Medical coverage for aged, blind or disabled (unable to work because of medical or mental health) persons. MCS is for those disabled 90+ days and ABD for those disabled 1+ year.

Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Treatment and Support Act (ADATSA)

ADATSA is a program to assist persons who are chemically dependent and who desire treatment. For a list of local drug and alcohol resources in Whatcom County, please click here.

Washington Health Plan (WHP)

Affordable comprehensive health care coverage to qualified Washington State residents. Sometimes called “non-subsidized Basic Health,” the Washington Health Plan is administered by the Washington State Health Care Authority. WHP is not based on family income and is a private health insurance administered by the Washington Health Care Authority.

To see if you are qualified for a DSHS program, please contact the Access Counselors at (360) 788-6594 or email at For more DSHS/Health Care Authority information online, please see: