701 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phoenix Public Forum
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is requesting a waiver of the requirement to provide three months of retroactive coverage to new AHCCCS members. AHCCCS is seeking the flexibility to limit retroactive coverage to the month of application, consistent with Arizona’s policy prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Under current law, if a new AHCCCS member would have qualified for AHCCCS coverage during any portion of three months immediately preceding the month in which the member applied for AHCCCS coverage, AHCCCS is required to reimburse providers for any AHCCCS covered service received by the member during that period.1 To better align Medicaid policies with commercial health insurance coverage, AHCCCS is seeking the flexibility to limit retroactive coverage to the month of application, consistent with Arizona’s policy prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act. Under the proposed policy, individuals will continue to receive retroactive coverage effective as of the first day of the month in which the Medicaid application was filed.
This proposal to waive Prior Quarter Coverage promotes the objectives of the Medicaid program by (1) creating efficiencies that ensure Medicaid’s sustainability for members over the long term; (2) encouraging members to obtain and maintain health coverage, even when healthy; and (3) encouraging members to apply for Medicaid expeditiously when they believe they meet the criteria for eligibility.
Arizona will increase efforts to educate and encourage Arizona residents to apply for AHCCCS coverage.
Following the public forums, the Proposal to Waive Prior Quarter Coverage will be presented at the State Medicaid Advisory Committee (SMAC) meeting on February 7, 2018.
The public will have the opportunity to review and comment on the proposal in person at public forums throughout the State and in writing via e-mail to [email protected] or mail to:AHCCCS
c/o Office of Intergovernmental Relations
801 E. Jefferson Street, MD 4200
Phoenix, AZ 85034
All comments received by February 25, 2018, will be reviewed, considered and included in the final proposal sent to CMS.
Conference call-in number: 1-877-820-7831
Participant Passcode: 960711
Read more about this waiver amendment from AHCCCS