In Arizona, Medicaid is called AHCCCS – or the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. Arizona uses federal medicaid dollars in a managed care fashion – we call this program AHCCCS (pronounced “access“). The different branches of AHCCCS are for acute care medical benefits and a branch for long-term benefits called Arizona Long Term Care System or “ALTCS” (pronounced “all techs“). The acute care branch covers medical benefits like doctor visits, hospitalization and pharmacy, and the long-term care branch is for long-term services that include the acute care benefits plus services designed to keep the client in the lowest level of care possible. These services include: personal care, housekeeping, meals, nursing, and help with the room and board for assisted living and nursing home level of care. Still confused? Give us a call or attend one of our many free presentations!