ALTCS (Arizona Long Term Care System)
Care for Arizona Seniors
What is ALTCS
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 and Arizona ALTCS have teamed up to provide 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.
Senior Planning is paid by the care provider so you will never have to foot the bill. There is also no charge for consultations regarding the ALTCS application. The only time we charge is if you wish to have your application completed and submitted by a professional, virtually ensuring your acceptance.
Getting Care in Arizona
When you work with us you can rest easy, knowing that the plan we form together will last you for the long term. People frequently outlive their insurance or retirement plans and unfortunately, when the money runs out, families are forced to conduct a new search for placement – something that is a difficult process for everyone involved, especially the resident. We try to avoid this situation at all costs by planning for the future.
ALTCS Care Options
ALTCS covers many different forms of care, including assisted living, in-home care, or residential care. We are familiar with every care home in the state that currently accepts ALTCS so it pays off to call us before you begin your search. Just give us a city or a town that you’d like to live in and we’ll do the rest. ALTCS can also pay for in-home caregivers that come directly to you.
AZ ALTCS Applications
Making the decision to place a loved one into assisted living is never an easy choice, but sometimes it is a necessary one. Of course, senior living facilities are not cheap, which is why we strive to qualify you for ALTCS. There are many steps involved in applying and qualifying for ALTCS and we will help you every step of the way.
Even if ALTCS is not the correct option at this time, Senior Planning can help you find other programs and benefits. Senior Planning has experience securing VA benefits for those who have served in the armed forces along with other disability benefits. If you don’t qualify for any benefits, we can still help you find affordable living options. Call today to find out how you can afford the care you need.