Health Care

In 2017, Arizona requested to add a lifetime cap and work requirements to Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), our federal Medicaid program. In 2018, the request was approved and AHCCCS set to implement the program on January 1, 2020. Arizona is one of seven states who were approved by the federal government to add this particular requirement. The other six states are: Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Ten other states have also asked to add a similar work requirement using a different legal avenue.

Medicare takes over when workplace health coverage ends. As people age out of the workplace it is important to understand the rules governing Medicare. There are serious financial penalties for failing to enroll in Medicare at the proper time.


In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. The Act required the Federal Government to stop using social security numbers as identifiers on Medicare cards. Growing awareness of the dramatic increase in identity theft and fraud scams prompted Congress to legislate this change. 

Every year those of us on Medicare and Social Security wait to find out what changes the federal government will make for the following year.  Here is a run down of what you can expect for 2017.  This discussion applies only to those individuals who have Original Medicare. It does not apply to those with Medicare Advantage plans.

If you or any of your family members are currently incarcerated, or if someone close to you is in jail awaiting sentencing, you may want to know how a jail or prison sentence affects Medicare and Medicaid benefits. While federal law prohibits inmates getting Medicare benefits while incarcerated, you can take steps to make sure coverage is reinstated without a long delay or expense upon release. Like Medicare, Medicaid does not pay health care benefits for the incarcerated. It can be important to know what to expect on release.


Medicare went into effect 48 years ago on July 1, 1966. Earlier that same year, Medicare workers went door to door trying to get seniors to sign up. Medicare was not the cornerstone then that it is today and people did not know whether it was going to work for the long haul.

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