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Differences Between Medicaid And Medicare In Arizona

Do you have questions about Medicare and Medicaid in Arizona? You’re not alone! Many people confuse these health insurance programs.

This article by Feliz Family Care will help you understand the differences between AHCCCS (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System) and Medicare so you can make informed decisions about your healthcare.

What is Medicare?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people over 65 or with certain disabilities. Medicare has two main parts:

  • Part A: Covers costs for hospitalization, skilled nursing care, and some home health care.
  • Part B: Covers outpatient medical expenses such as doctor visits, diagnostic services, and some preventive services.

What is AHCCCS?

AHCCCS is Arizona’s Medicaid program. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income individuals and families.

AHCCCS offers coverage for a wide range of medical services, including:

  • Doctor visits
  • Prescription medications
  • Preventive care services
  • Hospitalizations
  • Mental health services

Is AHCCCS the Same as Medicare?

No, AHCCCS and Medicare are different programs with different eligibility requirements. Let’s see a summary of the key differences:


AHCCCS (Medicaid)


Who qualifies?

Low-income individuals and families

People over 65 or with certain disabilities

Who administers it?

Federal and Arizona state government

Federal government


May have low or no premiums and copays

Generally has premiums and copays

Are you eligible for AHCCCS?

Eligibility for AHCCCS is based on your income and family size. You can check your eligibility online at the Arizona Department of Economic Security website.

Feliz Family Care is Here to Help

We understand the importance of having access to affordable healthcare. We offer a wide range of high-quality medical services at affordable prices for patients and families in Maricopa County.

If you have questions about AHCCCS or need help enrolling, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are committed to providing you with the information and support you need to make the best decisions about your health.

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