QI-1 Program History

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2013

Mon Mar 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

Thur Dec 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.

2012

Fri Dec 23, 2011
Because Congress has not yet authorized additional federal funding for the QI-1 population, AHCCCS sent the following to QI-1 members on 12/22/11.

QI-1 Letter - QI-1 Letter - 12/22/11 [37KB]

Thur Dec 1, 2011
AHCCCS continues to monitor whether Congress will authorize additional federal funding for the QI-1 population. To date, no such funding has been allocated. Should Congress not act, AHCCCS will discontinue benefits for individuals enrolled in the QI-1 program effective December 31, 2011. QI-1 members will be notified about the termination the week of December 19, 2011. Continue to check this page for updates.

Fri Oct 21, 2011
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.

On October 21, 2011, AHCCCS issued the following correspondence to all members of Arizona’s congressional delegation regarding insufficient QI-1 Funding.

QI-1 Program Letter- 10/21/11 [23KB]

2011

Tues Dec 28, 2010
As a result of recent Congressional action, increased federal funding for the QI-1 program was made available and AHCCCS will open the program effective immediately. All applications that were previously denied will now be processed.

Fri Nov 5, 2010
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 funding, AHCCCS will be denying new and pending applications for QI-1s.

On November 22, 2010, AHCCCS issued the following correspondence to all members of Arizona’s congressional delegation regarding insufficient QI-1 Funding.
Congressional QI-1 Program Letter- 11/22/10 [26KB]

2010

Thu Jan 28, 2010
As a result of recent Congressional action, increased federal funding for the QI-1 program was made available and AHCCCS will open the program effective immediately. All applications that were previously denied will now be processed.

Fri Jan 15, 2010
Pursuant to Section 1933 of the Social Security Act, the AHCCCS Administration will institute an enrollment cap 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 funding, AHCCCS will be denying new and pending applications for QI-1s.