This is our index page on the Arizona public government health programs. For more information please visit the page in this section relevant to program(s) that you might qualify for.
AHCCCS: Arizona Medicaid
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Medicaid in Arizona is called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS – pronounced “access”), which provides health insurance to low-income children, families, and individuals throughout the state. AHCCCS administers this public program through private health plans who contract with various healthcare providers to provide low cost care. The program provides health insurance to needy individuals, including disabled and aged persons on Supplemental Security Income, and works like a health insurance plan, yet it is free of charge. Covered services are offered for a small copay or no additional cost to members.
Medicaid is available to low-income individuals who meet the guidelines established by the state and federal governments. The state chooses the income requirements and implementation methods, and the federal government has provided the framework for the program. Through AHCCCS, people are able to obtain the healthcare services they need without worrying about the cost of care or coverage. A broad array of services, including hospital, emergency, maternity, preventive, diagnostic, and primary care. Each of these medical benefits is provided by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
Eligibility criteria for Medicaid in Arizona consists of living in the state, being born in the U.S. or a legal, permanent resident without health insurance. You must also meet income guidelines which vary based on your household size and the eligibility group for which you qualify. This typically identifies you as living at or below poverty level. Eligibility groups include pregnant women, children, parents, caretakers and legal guardians, disabled individuals, and low-income Medicare beneficiaries.
Apply for AHCCCS
To find out more about the program or to apply for benefits, contact your local Family Assistance Administration (FAA) Office.
You can also apply directly through the AHCCCS website for Medicaid or KidsCare.
Arizona KidsCare: CHIP
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Arizona, known as KidsCare, is an affordable source of coverage for children up to age 18. Those who are eligible gain access to medical, dental and vision care by enrolling in KidsCare for free or a low monthly premium. Subsidized coverage is offered to children in certain families at no cost, and others will pay no more than $50 per month for one child or $70 per month for any number of children.
Only Arizona residents will be considered for KidsCare who are 18 years old or younger and uninsured. They cannot be enrolled in Medicaid, eligible for coverage through a state agency employee, or any other health insurance, and must be U.S. citizens or legal residents. Native Americans from federally recognized tribes and certain Alaskan Natives are not required to pay a premium under KidsCare, and must provide tribal enrollment to prove eligibility. While KidsCare was eliminated for several years, in 2012, the program reopened for enrollment as KidsCare II for a select number of Arizona children.
Applicants also must have a Social Security Number or be willing to apply for one. Income limits range based on the federal poverty guidelines for each year and the size of each household. Those who have income too high for children’s Medicaid will be charged a small monthly premium ranging from $10 to $70 per month.
AHCCCS & KidsCare Income Requirements