The Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) is a crucial resource for individuals who require long-term care. If you’re considering applying to ALTCS, this blog post will guide you through the application process, providing you with an understanding of the benefits, what to expect and how to prepare.

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Step 1: Start the Application

To begin your application, you can contact ALTCS directly at their toll-free number, 888-621-6880. There are no online applications currently available, and the application must be ordered by calling in. You can also start the application process through a lawyer or a Medicaid planning service like Senior Planning.

Step 2: Complete the Application Form

Once you’ve contacted an ALTCS office, they will assist you in starting your application process. This often includes filling out the DE-101 form. Ensure all necessary information and documentation is provided accurately to avoid delays in processing.

Step 3: Understand the Program Requirements

Before filing your application, it’s important to understand the basic program requirements about residency, age, and disability. ALTCS has specific criteria for medical eligibility that you must meet.

Determine Your Eligibility

Eligibility for ALTCS is determined by both financial and medical criteria. Financially, an applicant’s income, assets and resources are reviewed. As of 2021, a single applicant’s income must not exceed $2,382 per month, and their countable resources must not exceed $2,000. ALTCS uses the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) medical standards, which require an applicant to need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) or nursing facility level of care. It’s important to note that the eligibility requirements can change, so always verify the latest standards.

Step 4: Interview Process

An interview is required to be eligible to complete the ALTCS application process. However, the customer is not required to attend the financial interview if they have a representative. Prepare for this interview by gathering relevant financial documents and understanding your medical needs.

Step 5: Application Processing

After submission, ALTCS applications generally take between 45 and 60 days to complete. During this time, your application will be reviewed and your eligibility determined.

Applying to ALTCS is a critical step towards qualifying and securing long-term care for yourself or a loved one. It may seem daunting, but with careful preparation and understanding of the process, it can be navigated successfully.

Remember, applying to ALTCS is just the beginning. Once accepted, you’ll have access to a range of services designed to support your long-term care needs. Good luck with your ALTCS application!