How do I apply for ALTCS? We get this question a lot, but first, let’s discuss what ALTCS is. The Arizona Long Term Care System, or the acronym, ALTCS (pronounced ALTECS) for short, is the long term Medicaid program in the state of Arizona. Arizona Long Term Care provides health care and related services for individuals who are disabled and meet age and income requirements. An ALTCS application can be started by a family member, an appointed caregiver or legal guardian, or an authorized representative of the patient. Prospective applicants can also begin their own application and handle the process themselves if they wish. To begin a new application, call the local ALTCS office in Phoenix or let us know and we can request to start a new application.

Before beginning a new ALTCS application it is wise to gather all financial information and documentation. Relevant documentation includes statements from checking and savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, life insurance policies; as well as burial policies, 401(k)s and pensions, and any real estate the applicant may own. Once a new application is started, a financial eligibility worker will contact the designated point of contact to review the patient’s financial status. The most recent statements for the aforementioned resources will need to be submitted to the eligibility worker. Statements must be dated within the month that the application is started. Having such documentation gathered before beginning the application will make the whole application process easier and faster.

Once the financial interview is completed, a medical assessor will contact to schedule an appointment to visit the patient for the medical evaluation. Another option is to take the patient to the ALTCS office for the medical appointment, however because travel is not always possible for patients, the medical evaluator can travel to the patient’s current place of residence.

Once these two interviews are finished, the point of contact will be notified if any additional documentation is needed. Once any additional documentation has been submitted, the point of contact will be notified of the patient’s approval or denial for services, usually within 90-180 days.