What is ALTCS?

Applying to ALTCS requires a lot of paperwork and can take anywhere from 60-180 days.

Arizona Long Term Care System

What is ALTCS? It stands for the Arizona Long Term Care System. ALTCS (pronounced ALTECS) for short, is the equivalent of Medicaid Long Term Care 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. While certain developmental delays and diagnoses can qualify individuals for services at an earlier age, seniors who find themselves with a low income and deteriorating health can apply for and receive benefits when certain criteria are met.

For Arizona residents age 65 and older, who are also United States citizens or qualified immigrants, a social security number is required and social security income must be applied for or already be in place. All other potential forms of income must also be applied for or already in effect, such as available pensions and VA benefits. A senior must receive all income that is available to them and still meet monthly countable income limits to qualify for services. Follow the link to see specific income requirements.

Once approved, there are no monthly premiums to the patient, and doctor recommended care needs will be paid for by the system, which can include:

  • Doctor visits and medical care
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Hospitals visits and stays
  • Pharmacies and prescriptions
  • Specialists
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Hospice
  • Attendant Care
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Adult Day Care Health Services
  • Home Health Services, such as nursing services, home health aides, and therapy
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Case Management
  • Dental Services (up to $1000 per contract year)

Healthcare under ALTCS is provided by the state of Arizona’s Healthcare Cost Containment System, also known as AHCCCS [pronounced ACCESS]. For ALTCS clients, three program contractors are available to choose from depending on the county of residence. An ALTCS program contractor works like a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). The three healthcare companies that are currently contracted are United Healthcare, Banner University Family Care, and Mercy Care Plan. Not all plans are available in all counties. However, all plans do provide the same covered medical services.

Once approved for ALTCS, a case manager, or support coordinator, will be assigned to coordinate care. A doctor will request services and medical care and the support coordinator is then responsible for ensuring a client is able to obtain such services.