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Arizona Could Add Requirement To Work To Get AHCCCS Coverage

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Feb 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Among the many proposed reforms to such Medicaid programs as AHCCCS is the requirement that people getting their health insurance via these programs do some sort of work. An AHCCCS recipient would need to have a job or be engaged in some other activity that is work-like, such as volunteering. Arizona is among the states that are seeking permission to add this work requirement.

Seems Like A Good Idea . . .

This Makes Sense, Right?

This seems at a glance like a good idea. Why shouldn't Arizona make people get a job if Arizona is going to pay for their healthcare? In many circumstances, there might be a kernel of truth in this position. But, as always, the devil is in the details.  The work requirement would really hurt one group in particular: the disabled.

But It's Really A Trap

Consider the trap this would set for those persons applying for Social Security disability benefits. They cannot work, or they would be working. Once they can no longer work and apply for Social Security disability benefits, they face waits of up to three years for decisions on their applications. During those years of waiting, they need to get medical care for their disabling medical conditions. If Arizona and other states impose a work requirement to get AHCCCS, these people cannot get any medical care.  In recent reforms, Social Security has demanded that Social Security

Come Closer . . .

disability applicants provide even more medical evidence than ever.

So, while Social Security is insisting that Social Security disability applicants show ongoing medical treatment, such states as Arizona could make it impossible for such applicants to get medical treatment.

It's the classic Catch-22.

Speak Up Now Before It Is Too Late

If you think that insisting that people who cannot work get jobs in order to get the medical treatment they need is a bad idea, let your legislators know. If you stay silent and this work requirement goes into effect, you might discover one day soon you can't get the medical care you need, even care that is keeping you alive.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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