Medicaid, AHCCCS & ALTCS (Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System)

For most middle and upper class older adults, AHCCCS (Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System, Arizona’s Medicaid program) and ALTCS (Arizona Long-term Care System) cannot be relied upon as the solution to financing home care, assisted living or home health care.  However, people with low income and few assets, as well as individuals in a better financial position who have suffered an abrupt illness or accident, or who have already spent the bulk of their assets on their care, may be eligible. Many of these individuals and couples can be helped by a Medicaid attorney with a strategy to establish their ALTCS eligibility.

AHCCCS is health insurance for low-income adults over the age of 65 and families with children under age 18. ALTCS covers the cost of long-term care for adults over 65, or younger adults who are considered disabled by the Social Security Administration. ALTCS can cover the cost for part-time attendant care in the home or the cost of long-term care in a skilled nursing facility (SNF), assisted living facility (ALF) or residential care home (group home).

Marsha Goodman, an Elder Law Attorney, has many years of experience helping clients navigate Arizona’s Medicaid system. We understand the eligibility requirements and can ensure consistent follow through with the application process.

*Unlike Medicare and VA benefits, which are federal benefits programs, Medicaid is a program offered through a federal and state partnership, so every state’s plan is a little different.  Marsha Goodman is a licensed Medicaid attorney able practice in Arizona and can provide advice about the Arizona Medicaid program, called AHCCCS. For information or legal advice regarding Medicaid in another state, contact an Elder Law attorney in that state or Medicaid.gov.