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Catherine Hendrickson
February 12, 2012
Arizona Governor’s Efforts to Improve Access to Health Care
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is the state of Arizona’s alternative to the conventional fee-for-service Medicaid system. Established in 1982, the system is built on a health maintenance organizational model (contracted providers are paid a prearranged capitation payment for services that are delivered to enrolled members) (Betlach, 2011).
Eligibility into the AHCCCS program is gained through a mixture of state and federal programs, which for some, include also being qualified for a cash assistance program (for example, Supplemental Security Income (SSI)). The program operates on state, county, and federal funding to provide health care coverage to low-income families, acute and long-term care Medicaid patients, and small businesses. In essence, AHCCCS is a managed care system that allows members to choose their own providers, mainstreams clients, and emphasizes preventative services and high-quality health care (McCall, 1997).
The AHCCCS program is responsible for three main areas: * Acute Care: Consists of a majority of pregnant women and children and also contains an emergency services only program for the population who does not qualify for full AHCCCS benefits due to immigration status (Kirkman-Liff, B., and Kronenfeld, J. (1994). * Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS): Provides long term care, acute care, case management, and behavioral health to the elderly, developmentally disabled, and the disabled who meet conditions for institutionalization. This program emphasizes health care delivery in alternate residential environments (Betlach, 2010). * KidsCare (which is actually the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)): Provides coverage for low-income families for children under the age of 19 years old whose…...

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