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LOCAL RESOURCES / Arizona/ Financial Aid

Arizona -Financial Relief for Family Caregivers

ALTCS Ė the Arizona Long Term Care System - is a program under AHCCCS (Arizonaís Medicaid Project)ALTCS provides institutional, community-based and home-based care, along with medical care for those who qualify. To be eligible for ALTCS, a person:

  • must be a resident of Arizona and a U.S. Citizen (or a qualified alien)

  • must meet age or disability requirements

  • must be medically and functionally in need of long-term care services at a level  comparable to that provided in a licensed nursing facility. This is evaluated through a Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) process.

  • canít have an income of more than $1,635 a month, but make sure to check the income guidelines because they are readjusted every year, and this amount may be inaccurate

  • must meet some asset requirements. In doing so, some assets may be counted,  others may not. For example, the value of the home where a person or a personís spouse or dependent loved one lives is not counted. Additionally, a home that a person intends to return to after receiving long-term care services also is not counted.

ALTCS recommends that a person not try to self-qualify himself or herself, but rather go through the eligibility process because there are many exclusions and other variables that may be taken into consideration. A person may need to pay a share of the cost of care received through ALTCS. The amount is determined according to the personís income and may be reduced to provide an allowance for a spouse or loved one who lives in the community. An ALTCS applicant or representative must complete and submit an application and have a face-to-face interview with an ALTCS eligibility specialist.  An assessment Ė called the Pre-Admission Screening - by an ALTCS nurse or social worker is also required. For the phone number of the ALTCS eligibility office closest to you, please call 602-417-4330, or review a list of eligibility offices by visiting the web site

If you do not need help at the nursing home level of care, AHCCCS may be still be able to provide health insurance or help with your Medicare expenses. If you are an Arizona resident with a countable monthly income of up to 100% of the federal poverty limit, you may qualify for AHCCCS Health Insurance at no cost. The 2002 Federal Poverty level is $739 a month for an individual, and changes according to household size.  The poverty level is readjusted each year in April, so since this information is at least two years old, find out what the readjusted poverty level is for 2004. For example, the Household Size 2002 Income Limit looked something like this:

1 occupant - $739
2 occupants - $995
3 occupants - $1,252
4 occupants - $1,509

For household sizes above four occupants, add $257 for each additional member (remember that this figure is reflective of the year 2002, and is only being used as an example; youíll need to find out what the corresponding readjustment is for 2004). Even if your income is as much as 175% of the federal poverty level, you or your loved one may still qualify for help with your medical care. You can download an application from online, fill it out and mail it in. The on-line address is: If you are scheduled for an interview, an eligibility specialist will contact you by phone or mail.

Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)ís State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) - provides health and long-term care insurance information to Medicare eligible Arizonans, their families and caregivers. SHIPís fact sheet on Prescription Assistance Programs may be accessed at State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) or by contacting (800)-432-4040.

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System - offers several Medicare Cost Sharing Programs.  First, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program provides beneficiaries AHCCCS Medical Benefits, including prescription coverage, and reimburses beneficiaries for their Medicare Premiums with state dollars. Second, the Specified Low-Income Beneficiary and Qualified Individual (SLMB and QI-1) programs reimburse beneficiaries for their Medicare Part B Premium, therefore, increasing their monthly income, allowing them to better afford some of their prescriptions. These programs can be found at Medicare Cost Sharing.

Arizona Prescription Drug Discount Program - for questions regarding the Arizona Prescription Drug Discount Program, call the RxAmerica Help Desk at 800-770-8014, or visit their website,

Private Fuel Funds - there are non-federal dollars available from local fuel funds, obtained from others throughout the state of Arizona who make contributions into this fund when paying their own utility bill. Ask the state energy assistance office for the local phone number of the fuel fund nearest you, or go to You can also contact one of the following in order to find out more information on how to qualify for financial assistance regarding your fuel bill:

City of Phoenix, Human Services Dept.
Neal Young
200 W. Washington 17th Fl.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Tel: (602) 262-4520
Fax: (602) 534-2092
Arizona Community Action Association
Andrew Ortiz
2627 North 3rd Street, Ste 2
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tel: (602) 604-0640
Fax: (602) 604-0644 
Community Services Admin. DES
Sandra Mendez
PO Box 6123-0862
Phoenix AZ 85005
Tel: (602) 542-6600
Fax: (602) 542-6655 

Maricopa County HSD
Jeannie Jertson
2801 W. Durango, Phoenix, AZ 85009
Tel: (602) 506-4844
Fax: (602) 506-8789
San Carlos Apache Tribe
Terry Ross
PO Box O, San Carlos,
AZ 8550
Tel: 520-475-2670
Fax: 520-475-2342   
Tucson Electric Power Company Betsy Bolding
PO Box 711, Tucson
AZ 85702
Tel: (520) 884-3984
Fax: (520) 770-2005

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Desert Mountain States Chapter - offers information and financial aid to patients who have leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, or multiple myeloma. Reimburses up to $500 a year to patients for transportation, chemotherapy drugs, transfusions, and testing not covered by insurance or other sources. For more information, contact them at: 2990 E. Northern Avenue, E-100, Phoenix, AZ  85028, locally at (602) 788-8622 or nationally at 800-955-4572. Their web address is





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