The Affordable Care Act allows Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to pay monthly premiums on behalf of their tribal members who are enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan through Washington Healthplanfinder.

In addition,Washington State law authorizes the Washington Health Benefit Exchange to work with city and county governments, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, private foundations, and other entities who want to pay premiums on behalf of their customers. These entities are known as “sponsors”.

Sponsor Requirements

The Exchange is willing to work with any entity interested in paying premiums on behalf of qualified individuals. However, certain public or nonprofit organizations and certain public funds might not be legally authorized to make individual insurance premium payments. Entities interested in premium sponsorship will need to determine whether they have the authority to spend funds for premium payments. See RCW 43.71.030(3) for more information.

Sponsors may cover the premiums for any individual, household, or one or more members in a household. Sponsors are also allowed to sponsor premiums for any plan they choose.

Learn more about the Exchange sponsorship program requirements.

Current Sponsors

  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Evergreen Health Insurance Program (EHIP)
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
  • Kalispel Tribe
  • Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  • Lummi Health Center
  • Makah Tribe-Sophie Trettevick Indian
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • Pierce County Project Access
  • Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
  • Project Access Northwest
  • Quileute Indian Tribe
  • Quinault Indian Nation
  • Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
  • Squaxin Island Tribe
  • Suquamish Indian Tribe
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

For more information on the Sponsorship Program, please email paul.tucker@wahbexchange.org.