Fifth Special Session - 49th Legislature


5th Special Session and Fund Transfers

In December, 2009, the Legislature completed its 5th Special Session which resulted in a $7.7 million General Fund reduction to the AHCCCS budget for FY 2010. (See SB 1001 [PDF]) In addition, on December 21, 2009, Governor Brewer held an emergency Cabinet meeting to address the current economic crisis in Arizona. The Governor ordered agencies to take several actions as a result of the ongoing budget crisis.

Attached is a table that summarizes and compares the following:

  • The original AHCCCS 15% FY 2010 Budget Reduction Plan submitted to the Governor's Office on October 9, 2009.
  • The allocation of the lump sum reduction from the 5th Special Session.
  • Additional Reductions consistent with the Governor's Orders to transfer funds to cover Mandated Entitlement spending.

FY 2010 AHCCCS Budget Reductions - 5th Special Session [PDF]

AHCCCS is currently projecting a $76 million General Fund shortfall for FY 2010. Funds are being transferred from Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments. The documents below provide additional information about the fund transfers and the public hearing held on January 12, 2010. The public had the opportunity to submit oral and written comments within than 30 days from the date of the hearing (February 11, 2010).

AHCCCS has submitted the following State Plan Amendment (SPA) to CMS.

GME SPA #10-003 [73KB]


KidsCare Enrollment Cap - Updated

Friday June 22, 2012
There were 103,091 applicants on the KidsCare waiting list as of June 15, 2012. Please note, AHCCCS continues to verify eligibility for Medicaid and revise the KidsCare wait list accordingly.

Wed Feb 15, 2012
There were 136,843 applicants on the KidsCare waiting list as of February 15, 2012. Please note, this number does not mean all individuals on the waiting list are actually eligible for KidsCare. AHCCCS has recently updated the list to remove duplicate applications, but it is important to recognize this number may still include applicants who may have been determined to qualify for Medicaid since they were added to the list. In the next few months, we expect to produce a new waiting list that excludes individuals currently receiving Medicaid. Typically, 30% of all applicants are denied for the KidsCare program. However, this percentage will become less precise as more time goes by, since the applications on the waiting list will be older and circumstances for those applicants change. Thus, there is no good way to predict how many of the applicants on the waiting list might be eligible for KidsCare. Regardless, AHCCCS will continue to update the waiting list number at the end of each month. 

Tues Dec 28, 2010
AHCCCS continues to work with CMS on issues related to the KidsCare program, including the impact of the Enrollment freeze.

Thu May 20, 2010
AHCCCS has received guidance from CMS regarding the impact of federal health care reform on the KidsCare program.

Mon Dec 21, 2009
Pursuant to A.R.S. 36-2985(A), the AHCCCS Administration will institute an enrollment cap of the KidsCare program effective January 1, 2010, due to insufficient funding. No new applications will be processed until such time that the AHCCCS Administration is able to verify that funding is sufficient, and the Governor agrees that the AHCCCS Administration may begin processing new applications. The documents below provide information about the public hearing on December 29, 2009, where the public had the opportunity to submit oral and written comments.

AHCCCS has submitted the following State Plan Amendment (SPA) to CMS.


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