As of July 8, childless adults were cut off from enrolling in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), which is Arizona’s form of Medicaid.
The state-run health insurance program is for the state's most indigent residents. For individuals, that means an income of less than $11,000 per year.
The freeze will be in place until January 2014, or until additional funding becomes available.
Childless adults already enrolled in AHCCCS are grandfathered into the program for as long as they remain eligible, and as long as they comply with the yearly renewal process. State officials estimate about 100,000 Arizonans will go without coverage because of the freeze.
Here are some resources for childless adults who are unable to enroll in AHCCCS, and for others who don’t qualify for the state health insurance program but need medical coverage:
∫ The Arizona Association of Community Health Centers, 602-253-0090 or www.aachc.org
∫ Veterans of the United States Armed Services can be referred to the Arizona Department of Veteran’s Services Administration: 602-255-3373 , www.azdvs.gov
∫ The Pima County Access Program (PCAP) is a not-for-profit organization that provides health care at discounted prices. Call 520-694-0418 or go to www.pcap.cc/
∫ Families may call the federally administered high risk insurance pool to see if they qualify. 1-866-717-5826 or www.pcip.gov
∫ For families who cannot afford prescription drugs:
Copper RX: 1-888-227-8315 or azgovernor.gov/coppercard/
Partnership for Prescription Assistance: www.pparx.org/
∫ Your Health Hotline provides free help to Pima and Santa Cruz county residents looking for health coverage: 1-800-311-0627
∫ The State Health Insurance Assistance Program offers free health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers: 1-800-432-4040