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Eligibility for DSHS Services

Each DSHS program has its own eligibility requirements; this is only a general overview. All programs consider your income. Some programs also consider your resources. Some programs are for those who are disabled, elderly or have minor children.

Below is a table that outlines some of these requirements:

DSHS Program Children Pregnancy Disability Eligibility Factors
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) YES YES/NO* NO Income, Resources
Washington Basic Food Program NO NO NO Income, Resources
Working Connections Childcare YES NO NO Income, Employment
Family Medical YES NO NO Income, Resources
Children's Health Insurance Program (low cost health insurance) YES NO NO Income
Pregnancy Medical NO YES NO Income
Children's Medical YES NO NO Income
Aged, Blind and Disabled Medical NO NO YES Income, Resources
Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities NO NO YES Income

* Pregnancy is only a requirement for a TANF grant if there are no other dependent children residing in the home.


For example:

  • A single mother with two children who has no medical coverage for her children through her job. Depending on her income and resources she might qualify for family or children's health insurance program. She might also be eligible for Basic Food and Working Connections Childcare.

  • An individual with no children who is temporarily disabled and unable to work might be eligible for General Assistance and Basic Food.

  • A pregnant woman living alone might be eligible for pregnancy medical, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Basic Food.

These are example situations.

  • Remember, the only way to know for sure if you're eligible is to apply.

You can use the "Am I Eligible" option on the WashingtonConnection.org web site.


Renew your benefits -- DSHS Eligibility Review

If you already receive DSHS benefits and need to complete the DSHS Eligibility Review, you can use the "Renew Your Benefits" option on the WashingtonConnection.org web site.