April 27



By Edward Givens

April 27, 2020

Medicaid (AHCCCS in Arizona) {the following information comes from https://des.az.gov/services/basic-needs/ahcccs-health-insurance-medical-assistance}

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is Arizona's Medicaid agency that offers health care programs to serve Arizona residents.  AHCCCS provides medical insurance coverage to thousands of Arizonans each year.  It helps citizens obtain doctor’s office visits, physical exams, immunizations, prenatal care, hospital care and prescriptions they need.


AHCCCS offers many different medical programs.  DES only determines eligibility for the following programs:

  • Medicaid for adults and children with limited income.

  • KidsCare for uninsured children under the age of 19 who have income higher than the Medicaid limit.

Eligibility for the Medical Assistance program is based on the following requirements:

  • Income

  • Arizona residency

  • Pregnancy

  • Citizenship and qualified non-citizen status

The requirements differ for each program.  Under state and federal laws, individuals who qualify for medical assistance – except for Federal Emergency Medical Services – must be either U.S. citizens or qualified immigrants.  Find additional eligibility information.

You can screen for eligibility

(link is external)

to see if you qualify for Medical Assistance; however, the best way to know if you are eligible is to submit a completed application for benefits and go through the application process.

Information needed to apply

Whether you are applying for the first time, or renewing your benefits, you may need one or more of the following pieces of information to complete your application:

  • Proof of citizenship and identity for everyone who is applying for benefits.

  • Alien Registration Cards, if there are non-U.S. citizens applying for benefits in your household.

  • Social Security numbers for everyone, or proof that a Social Security number has been applied for.

  • Birth certificates for everyone who is applying for benefits.

  • Name, address & daytime phone number of landlord or neighbor.

  • A statement verifying your address and the names of everyone living with you. The statement must be made by a non-relative who doesn’t live with you.  It must be signed, dated and include that person's address and telephone number.

  • Proof of ALL money your household received from any source last month and this month.

  • Proof that your employment ended and last date paid.

  • Verification of any medical insurance other than AHCCCS.

Submitting your application

Submitting your completed application and required documentation starts the application process.  Once your application is received, it will be reviewed to determine if you qualify for benefits.  The following are ways that you can apply:

  1. Complete and submit an online application through Health-e-Arizona Plus.

  2. Download the Application for Benefits with KidsCare Application Addendum (PDF Form) and turn it in by mail or fax.

  3. Call (855) 432-7587 to request a paper application be mailed to you.  After receiving and completing the application, turn it in by mail or fax.  

  4. Go to find an assistor, enter your ZIP Code to locate community assistors near you for help with the application process.

Note: when you are applying for Medical Assistance for the first time you will need to select a health plan for each person applying for Medical Assistance.  If you do not select a plan, a plan will be selected for you.

Edward Givens

About the author

Working with me will allow you to have a healthcare plan that protects your health, your income, and your family. I'm a licensed health insurance adviser, entrepreneur, teacher, leader, and coach with 15 plus years of healthcare industry experience . I help small companies, professionals, individuals, and those eligible for medicare benefits design their healthcare plan to meet their needs and fit their budget. I'll be with you for the long haul. I'll assist you with education, selection, questions, and claims.

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