Appropriations by Social Service Agency Per $1,000 of Personal Income, Arizona State Government General Fund
AHCCCS — the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s version of Medicaid — began in fiscal year (FY) 1983. As the program gradually was rolled out during the 1980s, general fund appropriations rose substantially relative to the size of the Arizona economy. Following a decline between FYs 1993 and 2002, appropriations per $1,000 of personal income increased sharply through FY 2012, when the figure about equaled the FY 1993 peak. Since then, appropriations have fallen significantly.
Relative to personal income, combined appropriations for the Department of Economic Security, which administers a variety of public assistance programs such as food stamps, and the new Department of Child Safety between FYs 2010 and 2013 were only about half as much as in the early 1990s, but have increased since then. Appropriations per $1,000 of personal income for the Department of Health Services have not experienced any trend, fluctuating from year to year.