Arizona Medicaid Recipients Don't Have To Worry About Work Requirements — For Now

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 12:53pm
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Arizona Medicaid recipients will not have to prove they’re working, looking for work, volunteering or in school in order to get their health benefits.

That’s because the state’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS, has put its implementation of work requirements on hold.

The state had gotten permission to go forward with them from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this year.

In a statement, AHCCCS cited pending legal challenges to other states’ Medicaid work requirements as a reason to at least temporarily delay Arizona’s implementation, which had been scheduled to start in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties next year. 

To talk more about this, The Show reached out to Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, and a former director of the state Health Department.

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