AHCCCS has received numerous inquiries from ALTCS HCBS providers regarding the state’s response to the fiscal impact of the Ballot Proposition 206, if passed on November 8, 2016.
Proposition 206 would increase the state’s current hourly minimum wage of $8.05 in 4 steps to $12.00 in 2020 beginning with an increase to $10.00 in 2017. The rate would thereafter increase in each subsequent year by the cost of living. More specific information on Proposition 206 can be found on the Arizona Secretary of State’s Website.
AHCCCS is currently in the process of analyzing the fiscal impact to HCBS providers including evaluating for potential rate changes necessary to assure our members have continued access to services. We have received many individual requests for individual face-to-face meetings on these issues. We absolutely recognize that providers may have data that is useful to our analysis. In order to assure the staff working on these important issues maximizes their direct work on the analysis, we respectfully request that you submit in writing your relevant information and data to Dara Johnson at Dara.Johnson@azahcccs.gov by November 10, 2016.
Please note that AHCCCS sets the HCBS service rates for ALTCS EPD providers and DES/DDD sets the rates for ALTCS DDD providers. Questions regarding DES/DDD activity regarding Prop 206 should be directed to DDD.
December 14, 2016
AHCCCS has posted the notice of public information describing the proposed changes for the Fee-For-Service (FFS) rates, and capitation rate adjustments, to be effective beginning January 1, 2017. These adjustments are to address the increased labor costs resulting from the Arizona minimum wage increase and employee benefit provisions mandated by Proposition 206. For more information, please visit the link below.