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Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System otherwise known as AHCCCS, is Arizona’s Medicaid program, designed to deliver quality health care under cutting-edge concepts of managed care. AHCCCS has received national acclaim as a model for other Medicaid programs and the approach has been recommended to other states by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees AHCCCS.

AHCCCS contracts with Arizona health insurance plans and other program contractors, paying them a monthly capitation amount for each enrolled member. The plan or contractor is then “at risk” to deliver the necessary services within that amount. AHCCCS receives federal, state and county funds to operate, including some money from Arizona’s tobacco tax.

Eligibility is determined by various agencies, depending on the category. For example, pregnant women, families and children generally enter AHCCCS by way of the state’s Department of Economic Security. The blind, aged or disabled who receive Supplemental Security Income enter through the Social Security Administration. Eligibility for programs like KidsCare, long term care, and Medicare Cost Sharing is handled by AHCCCS itself. Each eligibility group has its own income and resource criteria.

Who to include on the application:

If you are applying for you or someone in your family, list yourself and everyone in your family who lives with you and is:

• Your spouse;
• Your child/stepchild under age 19;
• Your child/stepchild’s child;
• Your child/stepchild’s spouse;
• Your child’s other parent; and
• A child related to you who you are caring for.

Include persons who normally live with you but are temporarily not living with you because the person is working or is a child attending school. If you are applying for someone else (your mother, grandparent, friend, etc.) include the persons who are related (as listed above) to the person for whom you are applying. If others who are not related as listed above want to apply, complete a separate application.

Information needed for AHCCCS:

Wages: Copies of check stubs or statement from employer showing your gross earnings last month and this month. If someone listed on the application lost a job within the last two months, send proof of the last day worked and the gross amount of the last check received.

Self-Employment: Copies of current Federal tax forms: 1040, SE and applicable schedule C, C-EZ, E, F, K-1, etc. or proof of business income and expenses for the last calendar month.

Other Income: Proof of any other income or money received from any source or for any reason, this and last month. This includes award letters from the Social Security Administration, Veterans Administration, Railroad Retirement, or other retirement or disability pension.

Health Insurance: A copy of insurance ID cards for persons who are applying for medical benefits but who are currently covered by health insurance or attach a piece of paper that lists the company name and policy number.

Citizenship: Copies of both sides of citizenship or immigration documents for persons who want medical coverage and were not born in the United States or its territories. Receiving AHCCCS Medical Benefits will not affect anyone’s immigrant status. AHCCCS does not report any information to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Daycare: Proof of amount paid for the care of a child or incapacitated adult so an adult in the household can work.

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AHCCCS is a cost effective Medicaid program that allows Arizona residents access to health insurance. If you are an Arizona resident who meets the eligibility requirements look into applying for AHCCCS.

If you are not sure if you meet the eligibility requirements of AHCCCS then speak with a qualified Arizona health insurance agent to discuss which plan will best fit your needs. Compare multiple Arizona health insurance companies side by side online for free with our free quote finder at the top of the page or one our home page.

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