Community Health Plan of Washington

Community Health Plan of Washington is an independent, non-profit health insurance company founded in 1992 by a group of community and migrant health centers in Washington State, acting from the belief that too many people had been shut out of the health care system. Today, this network of community health centers serves more than one quarter of the state’s uninsured population. Our vision is to increase access to health care for people ignored in the commercial or private health-care model.

With deep roots in the communities we serve, Community Health Plan offers affordable health insurance coverage through public programs under contract with the State of Washington.

“Our focus has always been to provide a low-cost option for those who currently have no insurance at all,” said Lance Hunsinger, CEO of Community Health Plan.

Members can choose from a list of dedicated providers with extensive experience in delivering high-quality primary and specialty health care.

Basic Health is the State-subsidized plan that offers medical benefits to qualifying residents who pay on a sliding scale, based on income, age, family size, and choice of health coverage.

Washington Health Program, similar to Basic Health and offered through Washington Health Care Authority, is for people who do not qualify for other state or federal programs.

The Disability Lifeline plan is a statewide managed-care program that provides coordinated medical and mental health services to disabled people.

Healthy Options and CHIP are Medicaid programs for low-income residents. These programs provide comprehensive medical benefits to families, children under 19, and pregnant women who meet income requirements.

Community Health Plan seeks to increase access to pre- and post-natal care for mothers through our Children First™ Program. Mothers and caregivers can receive gifts such as car seats, children’s books, and children’s grooming kits, for getting pre-natal and Well Child checkups after the birth of their child.

Medicare Advantage Plans are also available through Community Health Plan under Community HealthFirst™. These plans are for people who qualify for federal Medicare. Medicare Advantage goes beyond traditional Medicare to offer plans that allow enrollees to customize a mix of benefits and choose from a first-class network of doctors, specialists, and a statewide network of pharmacies. Community Health Plan is a Medicare-approved HMO.

Community Health Plan members have access to more than 540 primary care clinics, 2,400 primary care physicians, 13,600 medical specialists, and 100 hospitals — throughout the state. Because it can be difficult for people to manage their care while they are sick, we assign case managers to coordinate member benefits with members, manage resources, seek alternatives, when possible, and encourage members to take an active role in their treatment. Members with chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes work directly with a case manager and their doctor to get treatment and information to help them manage their condition.

Education is an ongoing part of our relationship with our members. Throughout the year, Community Health Plan hosts health-focused events in our communities. In December, our Healthy Holidays celebration combines health screenings, family entertainment, food, photos with Santa, and a chance for our members to mingle and celebrate the holidays.

A not-for-profit organization, Community Health is the only Washington State health plan founded by local community health centers. We invest in and foster growth in the communities where our members live. For more about Community Health Plan of Washington, please go to or call member service toll free at 1 (800) 440-1561. Hearing or speech impaired people can call TTY 1 (866) 816-2479 (toll free) or local (206) 613-8875.

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