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Long Term Care Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a program for people with low income who meet certain eligibility requirements and programs can vary from state-to-state. Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older, disabled persons, or those with end-stage kidney disease. Medicare eligibility is not based on income, and basic coverage is the same in each state.

To find out if you're eligible for Medicaid in Arizona, visit the Web site of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and click on Eligibility Income Requirements.

You may enroll online, by mail or in person. For more information on how to apply, visit

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan provides a state-specific health plan for certain Medicaid recipients who live in the state of Arizona called UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is a long-term-care health plan for physically disabled adults and children.

In order to be a member of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, you must be enrolled in the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS), which is part of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). See the Fact Sheet for Families for eligibility requirements for all AHCCCS members and applicants claiming U.S. citizenship. Visit AHCCCS for information on documenting U.S. citizenship.

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