Arizona Medicaid coverage

By May 9, 2011Uncategorized

You may not realize it, but Arizona Medicaid coverage is not as expansive as it once was.  While Arizona Medicaid once provided Medicaid coverage that was among the most inclusive in the country, recent changes to Arizona’s Medicaid program have limited Medicaid coverage in the state quite dramatically.  It is very important to understand, however, that while there have been significant cuts to Arizona Medicaid coverage, not every branch of Arizona Medicaid has incurred cuts.

Medicaid coverage for families with children

It used to be that Arizona Medicaid coverage extended to adults without children, but recent changes to the law have started to phase this type of Medicaid coverage out.  Under the new law, Medicaid coverage is only available to families with children.  In addition to the child requirement, this type of coverage is only available to those who meet specific financial eligibility requirements.  If you qualify for this branch of Arizona Medicaid, your Medicaid coverage would include:

  • Doctor’s Visits
  • Immunizations (shots)
  • Prescriptions (Not covered if you have Medicare)
  • Lab and X-rays
  • Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Services for Medicaid eligible children under age 21
  • Specialist Care
  • Hospital Services
  • Transportation to doctor
  • Emergency Care
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Podiatry Services
  • Surgery Services
  • Physical Exams
  • Behavioral Health
  • Family Planning Services
  • Dialysis
  • Annual well women exams
  • Glasses (for children under age 21)
  • Vision Exams (for children under age 21)
  • Dental Screening (for children under age 21)
  • Dental Treatment (for children under age 21)
  • Hearing Exams (for children under age 21)
  • Hearing Aids (for children under age 21)

Medicaid coverage for long-term health care

The other type of Medicaid coverage that remains available in Arizona after the recent reforms to the program is coverage for long-term health care.  This branch of Arizona Medicaid is referred to as ALTCS, and it also has specific financial requirements, as well as a medical requirement.  If you satisfy the eligibility requirements, your Medicaid coverage under the ALTCS program would include the services listed above, as well as services such as:

  • Nursing Facility
  • Hospice
  • Attendant Care
  • Assisted Living Facility
  • Adult Day Care Health Services
  • Home Health Services, such as nursing services, home health aide, and therapy
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Case Management

To many people, Medicaid coverage is absolutely necessary for obtaining proper and appropriate health care.

If you might benefit from learning more about Arizona Medicaid coverage, call JacksonWhite at (480) 818-6912.