Health Insurance for Refugees

In the United States, immigrants and refugees may be eligible for health insurance and benefits. Eligibility is determined by refugee and immigration status. On September 30, 2021, President Biden sighed H.R. 5305 into law, thereby extending benefits to individuals from Afghanistan entering the United States under the designation of Humanitarian Parolee. To determine your eligibility for Medicaid (Apple Health in Washington State), refer to the table below.


Apple Health Eligibility by Immigration Status

*Individuals from Afghanistan paroled into the U.S. between July 31, 2021, and September 30, 2022, or paroled into the U.S. after September 30, 2022, who are their children, spouse, parent, or legal guardians are now eligible for Apple Health for adults and Refugee Medical Assistance.


How to apply for Apple Health

Submit applications for individuals under 65 years of age to the Health Care Authority:

Submit applications for individuals who are age 65 or older, have blindness or a disability, or need Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) to the Department of Social and Health Services:

Interpreter services are available. For more information, check out this one-pager developed by the Washington State Health Care Authority.


Last Updated: 11/29/2021