Former Arizona Health Director: Medicaid In Good Position, But Next Recession Could Change That

Published: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 3:28pm
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Congress approved the Affordable Care Act more than eight years ago, and it continues to be a political flash point, both here in Arizona and in Washington, D.C. The current open enrollment period ends on Friday, and in advance of that, The Show is looking at the issue of healthcare in a series of conversations.

The Director of Arizona’s Medicaid program, known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS, is set to retire next month. Tom Betlach has led the agency for the past nine years and served another eight as deputy director.

To talk about Betlach’s time at AHCCCS and the future of the program, The Show spoke with Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association. He also served as director of Arizona Department of Health Services, often working with Betlach.

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