In the budget approved by the 53rd Arizona Legislature for State Fiscal Year 2018, AHCCCS members who are at least twenty-one years of age will receive coverage for emergency dental services in an annual amount of not more than $1,000. The benefit is now in the process of being developed to incorporate services related to the alleviation of pain and infection. AHCCCS will then submit the plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), our federal oversight partners, for their approval. The anticipated effective date is October 1, 2017.
More details about the emergency dental benefit will be posted on the AHCCCS website as soon as they are available.