Access To Care

The Phoenix Access to Care Ordinance, approved by Mayor Stanton and the City Council, creates a new funding source to stabilize hospitals and
ensure they continue providing quality health care to our community.  Phoenix was the first city in Arizona to take action and find innovative ways to secure hospitals, jobs and our health care system. Find out how the ordinance works, why we need it and how to sign up.

How It Works

The ordinance assesses Phoenix hospitals and draws down matching federal funds of nearly $200 million.  These funds are then used by AHCCCS to help cover uncompensated care for low income and uninsured patients.  The plan does not cost taxpayers and is widely supported by hospital leaders and the business community.  

Additionally, the plan restores KidsCare coverage for nearly 33,000 children in Arizona.  These children are from low income families across Arizona who now have access to quality health care.  To qualify, children must be Arizona residents, 18 years or younger who are currently uninsured and not eligible to receive AHCCCS (Medicaid) coverage.  

Enroll your children for KidsCare now online at the AHCCCS KidsCare website.

Why We Need It

Arizona hospitals are a major economic engine, generating $28 billion in economic activity and providing high-quality jobs in Phoenix. With the recession and unemployment hitting hard, Phoenix hospitals endured a sharp spike of $540 million in uncompensated costs because of an increasing number of uninsured patients flooding hospital emergency rooms.  Phoenix hospitals were facing a tremendous financial strain forcing some to eliminate jobs.  

"This is a plan hospitals want, a solution patients want and action we can take to ensure that our economy moves forward as we make Phoenix a national destination for innovate and sustainable health care solutions," said Mayor Greg Stanton.

For more details about the Phoenix Access to Care Ordinance, view a Fact Sheet (PDF).

For more details about KidsCare, view a Kids Health Link flier. (PDF)