Healthcare Access


United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona provides free in-person assistance to help local residents access affordable health care coverage and understand their coverage options.


United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is committed to connecting Southern Arizona residents to quality affordable health insurance coverage.  In-person assisters (Health Insurance Navigators) are available to help you and your loved ones enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace or the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) – Arizona’s Medicaid Program. They can also provide educational presentations to your business or organization. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Navigator Debra Johnson, call (520) 903-3950, or visit


Do you know that:

  • Financial help is available. 76% of covered Arizonans received help paying for their health insurance.


  • Health insurance is affordable.  The average monthly cost for those covered in Arizona is $123.  86% were eligible for a plan under $100.


  • In-person assistance is available.  You can get local assistance - at no cost.


  • All plans must cover important benefits like doctor visits, prescriptions, hospital stays and more. And many preventive services are covered at no cost to you!


  • There is a penalty for not having healthcare coverage. If you, or anyone in your household, did not get covered in 2016, you may have to pay a fine of up to $695 per person or 2.5% of your household income (whichever is greater).


Important dates:

  • AHCCCS (Arizona Medicaid) – Year-round Open Enrollment


  • KidsCare – Enrollment begins July 26, 2017, for coverage starting September 1, 2017.


  • Marketplace - Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017.