For Immediate Release: June 11, 2019

MacEwan testifies in Washington DC on June 12, 2019 on the Affordable Care Act

House Ways and Means hearing on Pathways to Universal Coverage OLYMPIA, Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Chief Executive Officer Pam MacEwan will testify before the United States House Ways and Means Committee on June 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. EST.

The hearing is entitled “Pathways to Universal Health Coverage” and will take place in the main committee hearing room of 1100 Longworth House Office Building.

MacEwan will provide testimony about: successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Washington; the steps that have been taken in Washington to protect consumers from federal actions to undermine the integrity of the ACA; and the implementation of Cascade Care, the first public option bill in the nation. Starting in the fall of 2020, for plan year 2021, consumers will be able to obtain standard plans and Cascade Care (public option) plans through the Exchange.

Additional information about the hearing, including MacEwan’s written testimony and a link to live hearing coverage, will be available at

Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Customers enrolled in Apple Health will receive a notice of 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.

About Washington Healthplanfinder

Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace for individuals and families in Washington to compare and enroll in health insurance coverage and gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing and public programs such as Medicaid. The upcoming open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder is Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

About Washington Apple Health

In Washington, Medicaid is called Washington Apple Health. Free or low-cost coverage is available year-round for those who qualify. Since the Affordable Care Act launched in October 2013, more people have access to preventive care, like cancer screenings, treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, and many other health care services they need to stay healthy. Apple Health clients enroll and renew online using Washington Healthplanfinder. Apple Health is administered by the Washington State Health Care Authority: