ALTEC Arizona is a misnomer for ALTCS Arizona
ALTCS (pronounced ALTECS) is an acronym for the Arizona Long Term Care System. This is a state-administered insurance plan for Arizona residents who lack the financial means to pay for long term care. ALTCS is one program of the larger-reaching Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS (pronounced ACCESS).
ALTCS is a hybrid program, which combines federal Medicaid monies with state and county contributions in an insurance pool. It is used to pay for all aspects of long term care for clients who qualify for the program. Each county has a contracted program manager that oversees the program, provides case management for clients along with local provider contract services, and client education programs to improve the quality of health care for its members.
Eligibility for ALTCS is not automatic. Applicants must provide detailed financial statements and complete a written application. Additionally, applicants are assessed for care requirements through an interview and a medical record review process. This process takes time, so ALTCS planning should be something that a person starts well in advance of the anticipated need.
While searching for an assisted living provider, you should ask about the facility’s ALTCS acceptance policy. Many facilities are not contracted with ALTCS. Any plan for assisted living should include contingency plans for ALTCS. To inquire about which facilities currently accept ALTCS, contact us or your county’s program manager listed on the AHCCCS website.
Finding ALTCS Providers
Senior Planning provides a unique service for people applying to ALTCS. Our process begins with an initial interview where we assess the level of care needed and your financial situation. ALTCS is very strict both financially and medically so before you even begin your application, we will help you decide whether or not it is worth your time. Submit your information any time and we will contact you within one business day to begin your long term care process.