Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System is the Medicaid program for all Arizona residents and many seniors in Gilbert take advantage of these benefits. Medicaid helps cover basic health care like doctor’s visits, trips to the dentist, and prescription drugs. It can also include adult day care, nursing home stays, and even hospice care. If you don’t know if you qualify for these benefits or are ready to submit your application, you need to know where to go and what resources you can use.
To start receiving benefits, you need to meet a few requirements first. Medicaid is for low-income families so your household income level will be looked at as well as all your assets not including your house or car. Seniors need to be at least 65 years old, blind, disabled, or require continuous care in a facility like a nursing home for at least 30 days. You can quickly find out if you’re eligible for benefits by using Arizona’s prescreening tool.
Applying for Medicaid isn’t too hard, and you have a few different options. Since Arizona only has one Medicaid office located in Phoenix, the easiest way to apply is online. Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) has an online portal that will help guide you through the entire process and is full of helpful resources. You can also apply online at healthcare.gov.
If you would rather apply in person, then you will have to go to the Arizona Medicaid Office located at:
801 East Jefferson, Phoenix, Arizona (602) 417-4000
Applying in person is best if you have had issues with your online application or you have a lot of complicated questions that are easier to ask face to face. If you can’t make it to this location, you can still call and have your questions answered. They can even send you an application to fill out and then you can mail it back.
If you don’t have a computer and want to apply online or print your application, you can head to any Maricopa County Library branch and use their free computers. You will need a valid library card, but the free Wi-Fi is open to the public. There is a charge for printing.
Seniors can use their benefits to get things like prescription drugs, x-rays, lab work, medical supplies, and outpatient services. Coverage can also include doctor’s visits, trips to the dentist, hospital or nursing home stays, in-home health care services, adult day care, long-term care facilities, and hospice care. Make sure you understand your benefits as they might change from state to state.
Arizona also has a list of providers that accept Medicaid so you know where you can go in Gilbert for your health care needs. You can also ask your providers if they accept Medicaid benefits.
Seniors sometimes have a hard time getting to their appointments whether it’s because they don’t have a car or can no longer drive. Arizona Medicaid can help you arrange a ride for any non-emergency medical appointment. They might provide a ride for you, or they might reimburse anyone who takes you to and from your appointment. To set up your ride, call (888) 700-6822 at least three days in advance to schedule your ride.
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