Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)


What is this program?

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is Arizona’s Medicaid program. As of June 1, 2009, AHCCCS was providing health care coverage to over 1,250,000 members, which is approximately 18 percent of Arizona’s total population. The growth of this program comes on the heels of both a recession and an expansion of eligibility to 100% of the federal poverty level for most of the covered populations.


What are the basic eligibility requirements?

Eligibility is not performed under one roof, but by various agencies, depending on the category. For example, pregnant women, families and children generally enter AHCCCS by way of the Department of Economic Security. The blind, aged or disabled who receive Supplemental Security Income enter through the Social Security Administration. Eligibility for categories such as KidsCare, long term care and Medicare Cost Sharing programs is handled by AHCCCS itself.

Each eligibility groupExternal Link Icon has its own income and resource criteria.


How Do I apply for benefits? 

Apply for benefits on-line at Health-E-Arizona PlusExternal Link Icon or complete the Application for Benefits (FA-001) form and return it to the local office that serves your ZIP Code. Applications may be obtained at any Family Assistance Administration (FAA) local office or on the DES Digital Library. To locate the FAA office closest to your residence, go to the FAA Office Locator.

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