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Arizona to redetermine Medicaid and KidsCare eligibility on April 1st

| Jan 19, 2023 | Arizona

While the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) hasn’t disenrolled Medicaid and KidsCare members, regardless of eligibility, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, AHCCCS is redetermining eligibility for the programs on April 1st.  Eligibility redeterminations come shortly after the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 was passed...[ Read More ]

Arizona Senate Health & Human Services Committee passes two bills related to speech and hearing

| Jan 13, 2023 | Arizona

Members of Arizona’s Senate Health & Human Services Committee approved two Senate Bills relating to speech and hearing on January 10th. Senate Bill 1016 would make speech therapy services eligible for coverage, while SB 1017 would make cochlear implants eligible for coverage. “Speech therapy has been an issue we’ve been...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: CHW voluntary certification, Nurse workforce bill, 'Talk Heals' campaign

| Dec 1, 2022 | Arizona

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday! This month's edition of "5 Things We're Watching" in Arizona health policy features information about the new community health worker certification process, the anticipated positive impacts of a recently passed bill to support the state's nurse workforce, and an overview of ADHS's...[ Read More ]

AHCCCS ‘Talk Heals’ public awareness campaign aims to tackle youth substance misuse

| Nov 11, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) used supplemental funding to its annual Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Substance Abuse Block Grant funding to launch the “Talk Heals” public awareness campaign to reduce substance misuse among youth in the state.     This supplemental funding was...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Recommendations for youth mental health, Rural workforce needs, AzHHA on decreasing hospital operating margins

| Oct 26, 2022 | Arizona

This month's newsletter includes a breakdown of recommendations presented to the Arizona House's Teen Mental Health Ad Hoc Committee, the Arizona Center for Rural Health's proposals for continuing to support the struggling rural health workforce, and insight from the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association about mitigating the decreasing financial operating...[ Read More ]

CMS approves AHCCCS housing services expansion project, intended to encourage collaboration between health and housing sectors

| Oct 21, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is now able to provide Medicaid coverage for up to 6 months of medically necessary transitional housing for Arizonans experiencing homelessness, Arizonans with a serious mental illness (SMI) designation, and young adults transitioning out of the state foster care system.    ...[ Read More ]