Hannah Bassett/AZCIR

Hannah Bassett/AZCIR

Hannah Bassett is a Report for America corps member covering health disparities for Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

AHCCCS alerted to ‘predictable’ homelessness surge before fraud crackdown

By: - December 28, 2023

The state agency at the center of Arizona’s ongoing behavioral health crisis knew its proposed billing reforms could trigger a surge in homelessness nearly a year before implementing the changes, yet still failed to adequately prepare for the fallout—or adjust its response to the crisis that emerged as a result. Emails obtained by AZCIR show […]

Patients, advocates describe ‘pure chaos’ in state response to AHCCCS fraud

By: and - November 2, 2023

On May 16, as cameras flashed and tribal leaders looked on, Arizona’s governor and attorney general announced a statewide crackdown on behavioral health providers suspected of defrauding the state’s Medicaid program out of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Officials revealed the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) had suspended payments to more than […]