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What is Mercy Care Developmental Disabilities?
This plan provides physical and behavioral health care coverage with limited long-term services and supports. We serve members of the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS). People get long-term care and services for developmental or cognitive disabilities. Our service area is statewide.
What is AHCCCS?
AHCCCS is short for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. It’s the Medicaid agency that serves people who live in Arizona. You’ll see it written as “AHCCCS.” And people call it “access.” AHCCCS offers health services to people who meet certain income and other requirements.
What is DDD?
What is DDD?
DDD is short for the Division of Developmental Disabilities. They help people who develop severe or chronic disabilities:
- Before their 18th birthday
- That limit their ability to do the tasks of daily living
DDD provides services and supports for eligible people in Arizona who have:
- Cerebral palsy
- Cognitive or intellectual disabilities
- Down syndrome
DDD also provides services and supports for children under age six at risk of having developmental disabilities.
AHCCCS works with DDD to offer health care coverage to people who qualify for the ALTCS. The goal of this plan is to help people be as independent as they can be. The plan also provides support to family members and other caregivers.
How to qualify
To qualify for Mercy Care Developmental Disabilities, people:
- Live in the state of Arizona
- Voluntarily apply
One of these things also applies if you qualify. You have:
- A risk of having a developmental disability (up to age 6)
- Epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome or a cognitive/intellectual disability (over age 6)
- A disability that happened before age 18
- Functional limits in three of seven major life areas:
- Self-care: Eating, hygiene, bathing, etc.
- Receptive and expressive language: communicating with others
- Learning: Getting and processing new info
- Mobility: Moving from place to place
- Self-direction: Managing your finances, protecting your interests, making your own decisions
- Capacity for independent living: Needing supervision or help daily
- Economic self-sufficiency: Being able to financially support yourself
You can also see the list of people:
Apply for benefits
You can choose a health plan when you apply. Look for “Health Plan Choice” on the form. If you don’t choose a health plan, the state will choose one for you.
Before you choose, check with your doctor, pharmacy or hospital. Find out if they work with the plan you choose. Or call the plan to find out if your provider is in their network. Mercy Care has a tool to help you find a provider.
Options for tribal members
- Indian Health Services Facilities
- Tribally Operated 638 Health Care Facilities
- Urban clinics: Urban Indian Health Programs
Need to switch health plans? Visit the DDD Tribal Health Program.
Need help with general questions? You can also email Tribal Relations.
You can apply for yourself, your family or someone close to you by email. Download and print the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) eligibility packet. Complete the form. Then, email it to DDD Apply. You can also email with questions about eligibility.
You can learn more facts about DDD at the state’s DDD page. Or check the home page for Mercy Care Developmental Disabilities.
Check your status
The decision on your health coverage can take up to 90 days. You’ll get a letter from AHCCCS with either:
- Approval of your application and next steps
- Denial of your application and info about how to appeal the decision
You can check the status of your application:
Online: Creating an account at Health-e-Arizona Plus (English and Español) allows you to:
- Apply for coverage online (faster than printing and mailing the form)
- Check your eligibility status
- See letters and messages
- Print forms
- Manage your benefits
By phone: Call 1-855-HEA-PLUS (1-855-432-7587).
Watch your mail
Your coverage starts as soon as the state approves your application. You’ll get a Mercy Care welcome packet and member ID card in the mail.
No longer qualify for health benefits?
Need language help?
You can get all our printed materials in other formats. You pay nothing for these materials. This includes your member handbook and provider directory. You can also get info in languages other than English. Call us at 602-263-3000 or 1-800-624-3879 (TTY 711).
Learn more about language help.