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Arizona Submits Application for Round Two of State Innovation Models Grants with a Behavioral Health Focus


July 22, 2014
On July 19th, Arizona submitted an application for the CMS State Innovation Model Funding to accelerate the state’s delivery system transformation towards a value-based integrated model that focuses on whole person health in all settings and regardless of coverage source. Additional information about the proposed initiative, including the grant proposal can be found in the link below.
http://www.azahcccs.gov/reporting/federal/SIMgrant.aspx

June 19, 2014
Recently, a stakeholder meeting was held to announce that the State of Arizona would apply for a State Innovations Models (SIM) Grant, Round Two, which is a multi-payer model designed to transform health delivery systems in an effort to improve health and lower costs. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “These efforts are designed to reduce reliance on payment methodologies based on volume and encourage movement toward payment based on outcomes, by reinforcing the expectation that providers and payers must be engaged in order to create meaningful delivery and payment system reforms.” Arizona’s approach will focus on coordinating existing efforts to better connect payers and providers with an emphasis on connecting to behavioral health as part of the long-term solution to health delivery system reform.

 

Child Support Awareness Month


July 11, 2014
Governor Brewer recently proclaimed August as Child Support Awareness Month for the State of Arizona. To celebrate Child Support Awareness Month, the Department of Economic Security Division of Child Support Services, in partnership with the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has an open invitation to their 2nd Annual Family Connection Fun Day & Back to School Bash. Please see the links below for more information:

Child Support Awareness Month Proclamation [PDF]
DES Child Support Community Letter [PDF]
Family Connection Fun Day Flyer [PDF]
Volunteer Registration [PDF]

 

NEW REGISTRATION FOR INDEPENDENT PROVIDERS (TYPE 24) ENDS MAY 1, 2014


April 1, 2014
Effective May 1, 2014, AHCCCS will no longer accept new applications for Independent Providers (Type 24) because AHCCCS will phase out the Independent Provider Program by the end of 2014. AHCCCS encourages persons wanting to provide Direct Care Services to members of the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) to seek employment with a Direct Care Service Agency.

As of May 1, 2014, prospective Independent Providers should contact local Direct Care Service Agencies or the ALTCS member’s Tribal Case Manager for a listing of available Direct Care Service Agencies.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS UPDATES


Marketplace Transfers

September 11, 2014 New
Over the summer, AHCCCS dispositioned all of the applications referred from the FFM during the open enrollment period of October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014, and we continue to process applications that have been referred since that time.

IMPORTANT: If you are denied AHCCCS coverage for being over income, please apply for health care coverage at www.healthcare.gov.

If you apply on HEAplus and your AHCCCS application is denied for being over income, you must go to the Federal Marketplace to apply for health care coverage. You can do this by going online to www.healthcare.gov, open an account and complete your application.


Maintenance on Federal Data Sources

March 10, 2014
Federal data sources used by Health-e-Arizona Plus (HEAplus) will not be available during scheduled maintenance times. When these federal data sources are not available, HEAplus will not be able to accept your application. We apologize for any inconvenience. Federal data sources will not available during the following times:

  • - Monday through Friday, 11:00 pm to 3:00 am, Arizona time.
  • - Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 pm to 5:00 am, Arizona time.
 

ENROLLMENT UPDATES

April 7, 2014  
CMS released new information to provide additional assistance on the special enrollment period for consumers who were “in line” on March 31st. For more information please visit the links below.

Outside Open Enrollment
Were you "in line" on March 31st?


Updates regarding AHCCCS enrollment and restoration can be found on the link below. These updates reflect enrollment as of the first of the month and are typically updated published by the 10th of each month.

AHCCCS Population Report

 

REPORTS TO THE ARIZONA LEGISLATURE

January 17, 2014  
AHCCCS has updated its page containing Reports to the Arizona Legislature. Reports are now filtered by topic and year delivered. For more information, please visit http://www.azahcccs.gov/reporting/reports/state.aspx.

 

Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Licensure Rule Changes Effective October 1, 2013

September 24, 2013
Laws 2011, Ch. 96, § 1 required ADHS to adopt rules regarding health care institutions that facilitate licensing of "integrated health programs that provide both behavioral and physical health services." In response, ADHS revised the rules in Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.), Title 9, Chapter 10 and Chapter 20.
For additional information describing rule changes, visit the ADHS website at:

 

Baby Arizona

October 29, 2013
As of October 1, 2013, AHCCCS is no longer processing Baby Arizona applications. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires states to utilize a single streamlined application approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In Arizona, this is completed through the Health-e-Arizona Plus (HEAplus) online application. HEAplus offers a quick and user-friendly process when applying for health insurance and can be accessed directly at www.healthearizonaplus.gov.

Providers are encouraged to become Community Partners. Today there are over 75 Contracted Community Partner Organizations in more than 300 locations throughout the State who help Arizonans apply online for AHCCCS Health Insurance, Nutrition Assistance (formerly Food Stamps) and TANF Cash Assistance. Improved access to electronic data sources provides real-time eligibility determinations. For more information about HEAplus, including how become a contracted community partner organization, please visit the
AHCCCS Health-e-Arizona Plus web page.

 

AHCCCS Strategic Plan

July 10, 2013
The AHCCCS Strategic Plan identifies four goals critical to sustain and build on the success of the AHCCCS program in light of the restoration of coverage -- the most important healthcare policy issue the State has faced since the inception of the AHCCCS program 30 years ago and can be found on the link below:

AHCCCS Strategic Plan 2014-2018 [PDF]

 

Medicaid Moving Forward

July 8, 2013
The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides states multiple and complex opportunities with respect to the future of their Medicaid programs. With these opportunities in mind, Governor Brewer signed into law the AHCCCS Restoration Plan which restores coverage to Childless Adults and provides coverage for those between 100-133% of the Federal Poverty Level, beginning January 1, 2014.

Medicaid Moving Forward