SSI and Other Benefits Programs

SSI and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is the name of the federal Medicaid health coverage program in Arizona. In Arizona, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients automatically get AHCCCS and don’t have to file a separate application.

If you’re on SSI benefits and go back to work, your AHCCCS coverage can continue even after your earnings have reduced your SSI benefits to zero. See SSI and Work for more information.

Read more in DB101's article on AHCCCS for People with Disabilites.


Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available to persons with disabilities who have done a certain amount of work in the past (or if a qualifying relative did the work). You can be on SSI and SSDI at the same time if your SSDI benefits amount is low enough.

Benefits from SSDI and many other sources are counted as unearned income when calculating your SSI benefits amount. Every extra dollar in unearned income makes your SSI benefits amount go down by a dollar.

SSI and Other Programs

  • Energy Assistance Program: Persons whose incomes are low enough to qualify for SSI benefits may also qualify for the low-income Energy Assistance Program (EAP), which helps to pay for home heating costs. In Arizona, you can find out more about the program on the Department of Economic Security Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program webpage.
  • Telephone Assistance: Persons on SSI benefits automatically qualify for various telephone discount programs that give monthly discounts on their phone bills. You can find out about these programs on the Department of Economic Security Telephone Discount Programs webpage. If you have a hearing, speech, or mobility impairment that makes it hard for you to use a standard phone, you may also qualify for the Arizona Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program that supplies special equipment at no cost.
  • Transportation Assistance: There are many transportation resources for persons with disabilities in Arizona. AHCCCS covers some medically necessary nonemergency transportation services for persons who are unable to arrange transportation to a service site or location. Contact your DES/Family Assistance Administration office for more information.