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How to Successfully Complete Your ALTCS Application in 2024

Navigating the ALTCS (Arizona Long Term Care System) application process can be daunting, but understanding the steps and requirements can significantly increase your chances of approval. ALTCS is designed to help elderly, disabled, or chronically ill Arizona residents receive the long-term care they need. Here, we’ll guide you through the essential steps to apply successfully in 2024.

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Financial Eligibility Criteria for 2024

Income Limits:

  • Single Applicant: The monthly income limit is $2,829.

  • Married Applicants (both applying): The combined monthly income limit is $5,658.

Asset Limits:

  • Single Applicant: The asset limit is $2,000.

  • Married Applicants (both applying): The asset limit is $4,000.

Certain assets are exempt from the asset limit, including:

  • One primary residence with equity up to $713,000.

  • One vehicle.

  • Personal belongings and household goods.

  • Burial plots and irrevocable prepaid funeral plans.

Steps to Apply for ALTCS

1. Determine Eligibility

Before beginning the ALTCS application, ensure that you or your loved one meets both the medical and financial eligibility criteria. Medical eligibility involves needing assistance with daily living activities or having a condition that requires a nursing home level of care. To help determine your eligibility, schedule a free Eligibility Consultation with a SeniorVue Advisor by clicking here.

2. Gather Required Documentation

Prepare all necessary documents, such as:

  • Proof of income (pay stubs, Social Security statements)

  • Bank statements and asset documentation

  • Identification documents (birth certificate, Social Security card)

  • Medical records and doctor’s reports

  • Legal documents (e.g., power of attorney, guardianship papers)

*For more detailed information and to start your application, view the official form DE-828.

3. Submit the Application

Apply through your local ALTCS office or online via the AHCCCS website. Ensure all sections of the application form are filled out accurately and include all required documents.

4. Complete a Pre-Admission Screening (PAS)

A caseworker will schedule a Pre-Admission Screening to assess medical eligibility. This involves evaluating the applicant’s physical and cognitive abilities.

5. Financial Interview

A financial interview will verify your financial information. Be prepared to discuss all sources of income and assets. The caseworker will review your financial records to ensure compliance with the eligibility requirements.

6. Wait for the Decision

The decision process can take several weeks. During this time, the ALTCS team will review your application, medical assessment, and financial interview results. If additional information is needed, provide it promptly to avoid delays.

7. Approval and Choosing a Care Plan

If approved, you will receive an approval notice and can start choosing a care plan. You can select from various care providers and services that best meet your needs.

Tips for a Successful ALTCS Application

Stay Organized: Keep all documents in a dedicated folder. 

Be Honest and Thorough: Provide accurate and complete information. 

Seek Professional Help: Consider consulting with a Medicaid planner or elder law attorney for assistance with complex cases. 

Follow Up: Regularly check the status of your application and promptly respond to any requests for additional information.

Next Steps

Applying for ALTCS in 2024 requires careful preparation and a thorough understanding of the financial and medical eligibility criteria. By following these steps and ensuring you have all the necessary documentation, you can increase your chances of a successful application.

Contact a SeniorVue Medicaid Specialist at (833) 583-1262 for free assistance with your application!

For more specific questions, contact ALTCS toll-free at (888) 621-6880.

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