Many people with disabilities fear that if they return to work and start earning more money, they’ll lose their Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) coverage. AHCCCS Freedom to Work was created to address those fears. AHCCCS Freedom to Work allows working people in Arizona who have a disability to earn money, build assets, and keep their health coverage.
To qualify for AHCCCS Freedom to Work you must be an Arizona resident, a U.S. citizen, aged 16 – 65, and you must be determined blind or disabled by the Social Security Administration or the Disability Determination Services Administration. You must also be working, paying Medicare and Social Security taxes, and earning less than $2,395 per month. You may have to pay a monthly premium for coverage, based on your income.
Note that when AHCCCS looks at your income, only about half of it counts toward the income limit. So, you might be able to qualify for this program even if you’re making $4,000 per month or more.
AHCCCS Freedom to Work pays for the same services that Free AHCCCS covers, including visits to the doctor, hospital stays, medical equipment, home care services, and mental health services.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made big changes to our health care system, and more changes are coming.
These changes are expanding health care to more people and creating new consumer rights. If you are already on Medicare or AHCCCS, you will not lose your health coverage. If you don't have coverage now, there may be new affordable options for you soon.
DB101 is being updated as information is available. Some of what you read here about health care may not be accurate anymore, or may be changing soon.
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