August 2015

HEALTHCARE UPDATE: Governor Ducey’s new plan for AHCCCS, Arizona’s healthcare program for low-income citizens, promotes personal responsibility and helps encourage able-bodied adults to transition into careers.

Currently, 1 out of every 4 Arizona residents receives free healthcare through AHCCCS (AZ Healthcare Cost Containment System).  Of those, approximately 350,000 or 22% are able-bodied adults.  Able-bodied adults do NOT include children, the elderly, the disabled, pregnant women, the seriously mentally ill or single parents with children 6 or under.  Under the current system, recipients pay no insurance premiums and most pay no co-pays.

A.  Governor Ducey’s proposal requires able-bodied adults to:

1.  Pay up to 3% of their annual household income on co-pays for certain services.  For example, if the recipient goes to the emergency room for something a primary care doctor or urgent care could handle, a co-pay would be required.

2.  Pay up to 2% of their annual household income into a personal health savings account that can be used for non-covered services, like dental or vision care.

3. Enroll in school or training or actively seek employment if not already employed.

B.  Governor Ducey’s proposal includes adding apps, texts, and an online chat system, so that patients can receive text alerts for appointments, manage medications, and use chat to ask questions instead of waiting on hold or in long lines.

C.  The proposal also increases the use of modern tools to better detect fraud, waste, and abuse.

D.  Community meetings will be held on August 18th at the:
Disability Empowerment Center
5025 E Washington St, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Session 1: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:30-2:30 PM
Session 2: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 3-5pm

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