Washington Assistance Programs

Washington Drug Card

Website:

www.washingtondrugcard.com

Washington Drug Card

Cost:

No cost.

Eligibility Requirements:

The program is open to all residents of the state of Washington.

Phone Number:

(206) 755-6971

Program Description:

Washington Drug Card is a free statewide prescription assistance program designed to help the residents of Washington afford their prescription medications. The Washington Drug Card launched August 26th, 2008 and is available to every resident of Washington regardless of age or income. The program offers savings of up to 75% on prescription medications. In addition to offering savings on both brand and generic medications, the Washington Drug Card also provides savings on many pet medications.

Since inception, Washington Drug Card has saved the residents of Washington over $21.7 million on their medication costs. In an effort to further spread awareness, they have partnered with organizations including; Washington Osteopathic Medical Association (WOMA), The ALS Association-Evergreen Chapter, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU), Washington Association of Mortgage Brokers (WAMB), Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), and numerous chambers of commerce across the state.

To obtain your free Washington Drug Card, simply visit www.washingtondrugcard.com and print as many pre-activated cards that you and your family need. Washingtonians unable to obtain a card may visit any Safeway Pharmacy location throughout the state and ask to be enrolled in the Washington Drug Card. In addition to Safeway being the preferred pharmacy for the Washington Drug Card, the program is also accepted at Fred Meyer, Albertsons Sav-on, BI-MART, QFC, Kmart, Shopko, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Walmart pharmacies throughout the state.

Apple Health

Website:

hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/AppleHealth/

Apple Health

Cost:

no cost or low cost

Eligibility Requirements:

If your monthly family income falls within the eligibility requirements your children may qualify for Apple Health for Kids, either as free medical coverage or as low-cost health insurance. Remember to include all adults in the family, and remember that a pregnant woman counts as two people when determining household size. Premiums are based on the number of children in a family but no family pays more than two premiums a month. Children must be under the age of 19.

Phone Number:

(877) 543-7669

Program Description:

Apple Health for Kids is a new Washington State initiative aimed at streamlining applications for children's medical.

Family Medical Program

Website:

www.dshs.wa.gov/

Family Medical Program

Cost:

no cost or low cost

Eligibility Requirements:

Families with dependent children under the age of 19 whose income and resources are below Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) limits.

Phone Number:

(800) 737-0617

Program Description:

Many different DSHS programs. Some are for those who are disabled, elderly or have minor children.

First Steps

Website:

hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/firststeps/

First Steps

Cost:

No cost.

Eligibility Requirements:

All pregnant women covered with a Medical ID Card (MAID) qualify for First Steps. If you have no medical coverage you are urged to apply for First Steps. If you are a teenager living with your family, you may apply for coverage. Your eligibility will be determined by your personal income. If you are not a documented U.S. resident, you may also receive First Steps coverage. Some women learn about First Steps services when they have a pregnancy test or apply for WIC. First Steps has many "entry points". There is no "one way" to get in! After you have your baby or are no longer pregnant, your DSHS medical coverage will continue for two months. This will still be full medical, vision and dental coverage. After two months you will start receiving a Family Planning Only ID card. You will continue to get Family Planning Services for 10 months after other First Steps benefits end. Your baby will receive full medical coverage until his or her first birthday.

Phone Number:

(800) 322-2588

Program Description:

First Steps is a program that helps low-income pregnant women get the health and social services they may need. These services will help you be a healthy mother and have a healthy baby. First Steps is available as soon as you know that you are pregnant.