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November 21, 2013
IMPORTANT: If healthcare.gov tells you that you are AHCCCS eligible, please apply at
Many people that are seeking healthcare coverage are applying through the federally-facilitated
Marketplace or insurance exchange – www.healthcare.gov. The Marketplace does
not make AHCCCS eligibility determinations, but it does screen applicants for AHCCCS based on your income. The
Marketplace system will tell people who screen AHCCCS eligible that the State will complete their eligibility
determination soon. Recently, the federal government announced that 11,000 individuals had been assessed as Medicaid
eligible through the Marketplace in Arizona.
The reality is AHCCCS does not have any applications that started from healthcare.gov. Since AHCCCS does not have
those applications, no one has been made AHCCCS eligible if they applied on the Marketplace. The federal government
is not able to transfer applications of individuals that screen eligible for AHCCCS. At this time, the federal
government does not have a date by which they expect this capability to be functioning. So if the Marketplace
screens you as AHCCCS eligible, you must apply for AHCCCS directly. At some future date yet to be determined,
the Marketplace will automatically transfer your application to AHCCCS and you will not need to do anything further.
But for now, that functionality is not available.
October 29, 2013
Notice: Federal online application systems, including Data Service Hubs used by HEAPlus to
confirm identity and other information, continue to experience technical difficulties. The Federal Government continues
to work on improving its systems. If you are unable to complete the online application, please submit your application online
at a later time. AHCCCS will do its best to update you timely once the federal data hub is available but the agency is
dependent on receiving that notice from the federal government
October 17, 2013
A decision was made to "go live" with Health-e-Arizona Plus (HEAplus) on Saturday, October 19, 2013. This date was selected
because there is lighter system use on weekends, making it easier to manage the new system before the heavy work week use
starts on Monday.
More information is available at the site listed below:
September 24, 2013
Laws 2011, Ch. 96, § 1 required ADHS to adopt rules regarding health care institutions that
facilitate licensing of "integrated health programs that provide both behavioral and physical
health services." In response, ADHS revised the rules in Arizona Administrative
Code (A.A.C.), Title 9, Chapter 10 and Chapter 20.
For additional information describing rule changes, visit the ADHS website at:
October 29, 2013
As of October 1, 2013, AHCCCS is no longer processing Baby Arizona applications. The Affordable Care Act (ACA)
requires states to utilize a single streamlined application approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
In Arizona, this is completed through the Health-e-Arizona Plus (HEAplus) online application. HEAplus offers a quick
and user-friendly process when applying for health insurance and can be accessed directly at
Providers are encouraged to become Community Partners. Today there are over 75 Contracted Community Partner
Organizations in more than 300 locations throughout the State who help Arizonans apply online for AHCCCS Health
Insurance, Nutrition Assistance (formerly Food Stamps) and TANF Cash Assistance. Improved access to electronic
data sources provides real-time eligibility determinations. For more information about HEAplus, including how
become a contracted community partner organization, please visit the
AHCCCS Health-e-Arizona Plus web page.
July 10, 2013
The AHCCCS Strategic Plan identifies four goals critical to sustain and build on
the success of the AHCCCS program in light of the restoration of coverage -- the
most important healthcare policy issue the State has faced since the inception of
the AHCCCS program 30 years ago and can be found on the link below:
AHCCCS Strategic Plan 2014-2018
July 8, 2013
The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides states multiple
and complex opportunities with respect to the future of their Medicaid programs.
With these opportunities in mind, Governor Brewer signed into law the AHCCCS Restoration
Plan which restores coverage to Childless Adults and provides coverage
for those between 100-133% of the Federal Poverty Level, beginning January 1, 2014.
Medicaid Moving Forward