AHCCCS(Medicaid) is a critical source of healthcare coverage for working families across Arizona. But its role is even more pronounced in rural cities, where poverty and unemployment rates tend to be higher.
The Ojeda family lives in Nogales, Arizona, and have health insurance through AHCCCS.
Elizabeth Ojeda said the insurance makes it possible for her to take her two sons to their regular doctor checkups. It also covers their vision and dental appointments. Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mom. Her husband works full-time at a warehouse and has health insurance through the marketplace. But he doesn’t make enough money to afford a health insurance plan that covers the entire family.
“We’re barely able to afford our expenses with the money he currently makes,” Elizabeth said.
She added it’s likely she and her sons would go without health insurance if they didn’t qualify for AHCCCS – and that would affect how often they visit a doctor.
“If we didn’t have this health insurance, we’d think twice about going to see a doctor because it would cost a lot of money,” she said.