Posted on: February 24, 2020

Ashley’s Story



When Ashley learned she was pregnant with her second child, she was excited but also worried. Though she had insurance, it covered the bare minimum. She worried about the costly copays for her prenatal care as her pregnancy was considered high-risk.

Ashley went to the local hospital in Kelso for an ultrasound appointment. While talking with hospital staff about getting her bill covered by insurance, a Health Care Authority community based specialist overheard her conversation and offered to check Ashley’s eligibility for Apple Health (Medicaid).

Community based specialists work in more than 50 local clinics and hospitals around the state and assist with eligibility questions for family, children, pregnant women, and adult Apple Health programs.

Ashley qualified to have Apple Health as secondary insurance, which would cover the cost of all of her testing and prenatal care, as well as provide insurance coverage for her newborn. She was able to continue to pay her regular bills without worrying about the extra cost of insurance for herself and her baby.