About the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

Founded in 1982, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (written as AHCCCS and pronounced 'access') is Arizona's Medicaid program, a federal health care program jointly funded by the federal and state governments for individuals and families who qualify based on income level.

Built on a system of competition and choice, AHCCCS is a $18 billion program that operates under an integrated managed care model, through a Research and Demonstration 1115 Waiver. Contracted health plans coordinate and pay for physical and behavioral health care services delivered by more than 120,000 health care providers to more than 2 million Arizonans.

In 2022, AHCCCS celebrated its 40th anniversary. This brief history of AHCCCS highlights the program's many accomplishments and changes throughout the years.

  • Mission: Reaching across Arizona to provide comprehensive, quality health care to those in need.
  • Vision: Shaping tomorrow's managed care...from today's experience, quality and innovation.
  • Values: Passion, Community, Quality, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, Leadership, and Courage
  • Credo: Our first care is your health care.

The Strategic Plan describes the role of AHCCCS in meeting its short and long-term challenges. The Plan, which is revised and updated annually, is developed within the context of Arizona's economy and with a view toward the future health and economic well-being of the citizens of Arizona.

Current Plan:

Prior Plans:

Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting (OSPB)