Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS)
What is Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS)
The Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS, pronounced ALL-Tecs) is health insurance for individuals who are age 65 or older, or who have a disability, and who require nursing facility level of care. Services may be provided in an institution or in a home or community-based setting.
How do I apply for ALTCS?
You can apply online for AHCCCS Medical Assistance, Nutrition Assistance, and Cash Assistance using Health-e-Arizona Plus (HEAplus). You can apply for yourself, your family, or someone close to you. You can call ALTCS toll-free at 888-621-6880 as well.
Am I eligible for ALTCS?
In order to be eligible for ALTCS, you must have a Social Security Number, a resident of Arizona, be a citizen or a qualified immigrant, reside in an approved living arrangement, a certified nursing facility or an assisted certified living facility.
ALTCS Financial Eligibility Requirements
The applicant's income (wages, Social Security benefits, pensions, veteran's benefits, annuities, SSI payments, IRAs, etc.) will be the only source of income considered when applying for federal student aid. To be eligible for Medicaid, your income must not exceed $2,349 per month. ALTCS will take into account your individual financial circumstances. ALTCS benefits are an option for individuals who do not have more than $2000 in liquid assets, such as a checking account. Couples who are married can have more assets because they share living expenses. If you are married, ask for the Community Spouse Information Form.
ALTCS Medically Eligibility Determination
Once you have been determined financially eligible, a registered nurse or social worker will determine if you are medically eligible in a face-to-face interview. This medical assessment, determines whether a person is truly in need of long term care. The total need is determined by a point system; a successful application score is 60 points or higher. Additional contact information for ALTCS can be found by going online to:
Can a Family Member Be My Paid Caregiver?
YES! Family, friends, or neighbors are often the first choice of caregiver to provide services for a loved one. Typically, it takes about a week for family members to be hired. We understand that everyone's needs for homecare are unique, and that's why we assign the most qualified and compatible caregivers to meet your specific needs.