650,000 Arizona Residents Could Lose Medicaid

Mark Hake

AHCCCS, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, could lose up to 650,000 enrollees in Arizona's Medicaid program.

This is from a mixture of those who no longer qualify for Medicaid, as well as other reasons.

These include those who did not provide the necessary information needed to determine ongoing eligibility. Or the customer did not respond to a renewal form requesting information.

Matt Jewett, the director of health policy at Children's Action Alliance said, “They either did not complete their renewal that's due every six or 12 months, or they were over income, but AHCCCS could not drop them.”

Now that has changed. The new Consolidated Appropriations Act ended continuous enrollment. This means that AHCCCS has been sending out letters to enrollees to let them know they have to provide information in order to stay on AHCCCS.

A high level of disenrollment will be due to AHCCCS members who provide incomplete information.

One expert on Arizona's AHCCCS statistics says she expects 31% of the 2.5 million enrollees in the state Medicaid system will be dropped.

The bottom line is that if you are on AHCCCS and you get a letter requesting information, you likely have 30 days or so to get them the information required.

Otherwise, it's possible under the new AHCCCS measure you might be at risk of disenrollment.


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Mark Hake is a financial analyst, investor, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He writes about US and foreign stocks as well as cryptos, hedge funds, and private equity. He previously ran his own hedge fund, investment research firm, and acted as CFO for a fintech startup. He focuses on finding value, arbitrage, and hidden asset opportunities.

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