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CMS Announces Round Two State Innovation Model Awards

December 22, 2014 New
On December 16th, CMS announced grants for the State Innovation Model Initiative, Round 2. Although Arizona did not receive a Model Test award, it did receive a Model Design award to "create and refine its proposal for multi-payer and health delivery system transformation." More information about the SIM Round 2 awards can be found on the CMS website:

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.



November 5, 2014
On January 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released final rules regarding requirements for home and community based services (HCBS) operated under section 1915 of the Social Security Act. The rules mandate certain requirements for alternative residential or community settings where Medicaid beneficiaries receive long term care services and supports. While the AHCCCS HCBS program is operated under section 1115 of the Act and is not subject to those regulations, we anticipate that the federal government will require compliance with those regulations as part of Arizona’s next renewal of its section 1115 waiver. Because of that, AHCCCS intends to establish a plan for voluntarily meeting those standards on a time line generally consistent with the requirements for HCBS programs operated under section 1915. In Arizona, these requirements impact the residential placements for members enrolled in the Arizona Long Term Care Services (ALTCS) program. The new rules also impact day programs where ALTCS members receive services during the day only.

AHCCCS is currently in the process of reviewing Arizona’s HCBS settings to determine how it might meet the new standards that apply to HCBS programs operated under section 1915 of the Act. AHCCCS will publish its initial assessment of Arizona’s HCBS settings and how they compare with the new rules in the early part of 2015. There will be an opportunity for public comment on the initial assessment. Once public comment is considered, AHCCCS will submit its assessment to CMS for review. To the extent changes need to be made to HCBS settings, AHCCCS will work with CMS to establish a Transition Plan. States have 5 years to come into compliance under the Transition Plan. As part of completing the Transition Plan, AHCCCS will engage stakeholders and seek public comment.



Marketplace Transfers

September 11, 2014
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.


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


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, the Medicaid Restoration Plan 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