Arizona is submitting a state plan amendment (SPA) to remove the indication that the State covers the optional COVID testing group. On April 1, 2020, CMS approved (SPA) 20-001 which included section A.1 to cover the new optional eligibility group for COVID-19 testing described at section 1902(a)(10)(A)(ii)(XXIII) of the Social Security Act. The State made the decision not to implement the new eligibility group due to HRSA funding that was subsequently appropriated through federal legislation, which covers COVID testing and treatment for the uninsured at a higher reimbursement rate for healthcare providers. With the decision not to implement, CMS has directed AHCCCS to remove this group from the SPA pages, but notes that the State may reinstitute the group if the HRSA funding runs out. More information regarding the COVID 4 SPA can be found below.
AHCCCS consulted with Tribes regarding the COVID 4 SPA on June 4, 2020. Below is a link to more information regarding the June 4th Tribal Consultation meeting.
Special Tribal Consultation 6/4/2020
State Plan Amendment and Public Comment Period
The DRAFT SPA can be found on the link below:
Public notice was posted on June 5, 2020 and comments are being accepted through July 23, 2020. Comments can be submitted through email or mail at the address below.
Attn: Office of Intergovernmental Relations
801 E. Jefferson St., MD 4200
Phoenix, AZ 85034