How to Sign Up
There are different ways to apply for AHCCCS:
- Online using Health-e-Arizona. Health-e-Arizona lets you apply for other programs, like Nutrition Assistance or TANF Cash Assistance, at the same time.
- Online using Healthcare.gov, an online one-stop shop where you can learn about your public and private coverage options.
- In person at your local DES/Family Assistance Administration office.
- Using a paper application and faxing or mailing in to your local DES/Family Assistance Administration office.
No matter how you apply, it is important to know that if you are not eligible for AHCCCS, you may be able to get private insurance subsidized by the government.
Health-e-Arizona is the easiest way to apply for AHCCCS if you think you might qualify. Health-e-Arizona also lets you apply for other benefits, like Nutrition Assistance (formerly Food Stamps), at the same time.
Healthcare.gov is a good option if you don’t think you will qualify for AHCCCS, because it will also check and see if you can get private coverage with subsidies.
The bottom line: Both systems will help you find the benefits you need. The big difference is that, depending on your situation, one might be a bit faster than the other.
Staying on AHCCCS
Usually, once you are approved for AHCCCS, you will continue to get it for 12 months if your situation does not change. If your income, immigration status, residency, or household size changes, update your information on Health-e-Arizona or let your DES/Family Assistance Administration office know. When you report your changes, the eligibility system will tell you whether you will continue getting AHCCCS or if you have new health coverage options. There should always be at least one health coverage option for your family.
If you need help applying for AHCCCS, try the following options: