AWHP: Who We Are

The Association of Washington Healthcare Plans (AWHP) represents all major medical health plans offered in Washington state, all carriers offering coverage through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, and all carriers holding Medicaid Managed Care Organization contracts with the state Health Care Authority. Our health plans cover over 6.9 million Washingtonians.

What is the purpose of AWHP?

AWHP is the voice of the carrier community about common concerns, providing information and analysis from the carriers’ perspective to public policy makers and regulators, and supporting solutions for the complex health care issues confronting our state.

Our Vision

Washington’s healthcare plans are valued partners with businesses and healthcare providers, ensuring people receive the right care at the right time, and at a reasonable cost.

Our Values

Transparency: Employers and enrollees can understand their benefits and how to access care.

Affordability: Laws and regulations support health plan designs that keep premiums down, encourage use of the right care at the right time, and permit carriers to work to control medical costs and out of pocket expenses.

Quality Care: We support a regulatory environment that allows health plans to incentivize providers to deliver high quality medical services through medical management programs and innovative contracting arrangements.

Stable Markets: Public policy should support reasonable financial performance requirements for carriers, limited assessments or taxes, and reducing cost drivers that make coverage less affordable.