QI-1 Program History


December 13, 2012
Pursuant to Section 1933 of the Social Security Act, the AHCCCS Administration will institute an enrollment freeze for persons who would otherwise be eligible for benefits as "qualifying individuals" or "QI-1s." Although QI-1s are a mandatory eligibility group, subsection (b)(3) of section 1933 of the Act requires the State to limit the number of QI-1s made eligible for the calendar year so that the amount of assistance provided to such individuals is estimated to equal but not exceed the State's federal allocation for the QI-1 population. Due to insufficient federal funding, AHCCCS will be denying new and pending applications for QI-1s as of December 14, 2012. Also, current QI-1 members will be notified the week of December 17th, that AHCCCS will discontinue their benefits effective December 31, 2012 due to insufficient federal funding. AHCCCS will continue to monitor whether Congress will authorize additional federal funding for the QI-1 population for the remainder of 2012 and in the future.

QI-1 Letter 12/14/12 [PDF]
QI-1 Member Letter Update [PDF]

March 5, 2012
On February 22, 2012, the President signed into law H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Under section 3101 of the legislation, Congress continued authority and funding for the QI program through December 31, 2012. To view the full text of the legislation, please click on the link below:

H.R. 3630 [PDF]

December 29, 2011
On Friday, December 23, 2011, the President signed into law the "Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011" (TCCA). Under section 310 of that legislation, the Congress continued authority and additional funding for the QI program through February 29, 2012. Arizona is currently working with federal authorities at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that the State has sufficient funding for AHCCCS members enrolled in the QI-1 program through February 29, 2012. Therefore, AHCCCS sent the following revised notice to all QI-1 members explaining that AHCCCS will continue to cover their Part B premiums through the end of February. AHCCCS will NOT move ahead with any discontinuances for now. However, Congress must still act to extend the QI-1 program for the remainder of the year. AHCCCS will continue to monitor, but federal officials believe that the Congress will act to extend authorization and full funding for the upcoming year. Continue to check the website for updates.



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