You are invited to participate in a survey regarding your experience using the AHCCCS
website. This survey will take approximately two minutes. Your responses will help
us ensure that you have a high quality experience.
On January 14, 2013, Governor Brewer announced her proposal regarding Medicaid coverage. Details about her
plan will be released in the near future. Her recommendation will now be considered by the Legislature in
the 2013 legislative session. Please visit the link below for more information about the Medicaid Coverage
Governor Brewer continues to review options available to the State regarding the
path ahead for the AHCCCS program in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling making
the Medicaid Coverage optional for states. As Governor Brewer deliberates and continues
stakeholder engagement efforts, there are key questions that remain unanswered.
Among those is whether states like Arizona that already provide Medicaid coverage
to childless adults can obtain an enhanced federal match rate beginning in January
1, 2014. Because Prop. 204 already mandates that AHCCCS cover all Arizonans up 100%
of the federal poverty level, including childless adults, Arizona is not eligible
for the 100% federal funding for this population. Arizona is only eligible for an
enhanced federal match for its childless adult population. Whether Arizona can obtain
the enhanced federal match rate is critical in the Governor’s decision making as
to whether the State can consider restoring coverage for childless adults.
On November 9, 2012, AHCCCS submitted a waiver amendment to the Center for Medicare
and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that partners with states to administer
their Medicaid programs. This amendment allows AHCCCS to maintain its current authority
to offer coverage to childless adults at an enhanced federal medical assistance
percentage (FMAP), within available resources. Without CMS approval, AHCCCS will
no longer have the federal authority to cover childless adults in its program beginning
January 1, 2014. If the waiver is not approved, and no other action is taken, AHCCCS
will have to eliminate coverage for all remaining childless adults enrolled in AHCCCS
beginning January 1, 2014.
This amendment request does not reflect any decision on the part of Governor
Brewer about the future of Arizona’s Medicaid program, but it preserves the State’s
options and provides flexibility for policymakers to conduct a thoughtful approach
to examining coverage opportunities for Arizona citizens.
Waiver Proposal 11/9/12
Draft Waiver Proposal 9/18/12
September 18, 2012
AHCCCS has been involved in a variety of stakeholder efforts to inform and accept
feedback from the public regarding the coverage of Childless Adults and Coverage
of Medicaid. The links below include additional information from these stakeholder
Common Themes [PDF]
A summary of each of the 7 public meetings, which includes a summary of the public’s
testimony, is provided in the link below.
Public Meeting Summary
AHCCCS will host public meetings to provide additional information about the Childless
Adult Draft Waiver Amendment. Click on the link below for more information about
the public meeting, including the date, location and how to RSVP.
Adults Agenda [PDF]
AHCCCS reviewed and considered all of the written comments received
within the 30 day comment period and has posted them in the link
Adults Written Comments [PDF]
In addition to the public meetings, AHCCCS accepted written public comments. The DRAFT
Waiver amendment was open for public comment for 30 days and
closed October 19, 2012. AHCCCS reviewed and posted all public comments received.
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