You are invited to participate in a survey regarding your experience using the AHCCCS
website. This survey will take approximately two minutes. Your responses will help
us ensure that you have a high quality experience.
Loss of KidsCare or AHCCCS Health Insurance is now a qualifying event for an employer's group
health plan. See the Federal Activities page for more information.
AHCCCS has submitted the following notice to CMS:
AHCCCS Notice to CMS Regarding KidsCare Termination - 3/18/10 [PDF]
Section 104 of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA)
provides for a performance bonus payment to states that meet five of eight enrollment and
retention provisions for children. CMS informed AHCCCS that it was deficient in two of the
provisions to qualify for performance bonus payments. Below is additional information
regarding Arizona's appeal of the CMS decision that the state does not meet five of the
eight requirements to qualify for performance bonus payment.
It is estimated the State would have received approximately $31.7 million over 3 years to help sustain its KidsCare program.
The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009 made
several changes designed to help people get or keep health insurance coverage. One of the
changes allows employees and their families to enroll in their employer's group health
plan without having to wait for an open enrollment period when the employee or dependent
loses their AHCCCS or KidsCare benefits. The employee or dependent must:
Contact your employer immediately if you think you may be eligible to enroll in their
group health plan coverage and your AHCCCS or KidsCare coverage is ending.
More information is available from CMS: Children's Health Insurance Program
Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009, Section 311
For additional information about CHIPRA, visit the CMS website.
Federal Authority for the KidsCare II program expired on January 31, 2014. Originally, the program was set to expire December 31, 2013, but
AHCCCS requested a one-month extension. Notices were sent to about 23,000 families with income between 100-133% FPL who transitioned to Medicaid
effective January 1, 2014. Notices were also sent to about 14,000 families with income over 133% FPL who will need to apply for coverage under the
Federally Facilitated Marketplace where premium subsidies are available for eligible households. Regular KidsCare remains in effect with frozen
enrollment. Just over 3,300 children on regular KidsCare were transitioned to Medicaid and about 2,600 children remain enrolled in the KidsCare
program. These households also received notices letting them know of their transition. Information about the KidsCare II program, for historical
purposes only, is available on the link below.
KidsCare II Information Page