About Us


In 1994, a group of doctors came together with a hospital in southern California to create a brand new health plan dedicated to serving the community. In 2003, they brought this concept to Arizona and created Care1st Health Plan Arizona, Inc.

Serving Arizonans since 2003

Focus on Community and Service

The Care1st Arizona team has been focused on serving Arizonans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program, known as AHCCCS, as well as people enrolled in Medicare Advantage through its Wellcare program. These programs are offered to Arizonans living in Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai Counties. Care1st also serves as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for northern Arizona, offering crisis services to all Arizonans with or without insurance.

Transforming the health of the Community, One Person at a Time.

Arizona Complete Health: A Mission-Driven Family of Health Plans

Today, Care1st is part of the Arizona Complete Health family of health plans as one of two Medicaid plans – Care1st serving northern Arizona and Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care plan serving central and southern Arizona. Arizona Complete Health also offers programs for Arizonans enrolled in Medicare Advantage, through its Wellcare program, and Marketplace through Ambetter from Arizona Complete Health.

Care1st is proud to be part of the Arizona Complete Health family of health plans that is committed to the purpose of transforming the health of the community, one person at a time.

About Centene

Care1st Health Plan Arizona and Wellcare are wholly owned subsidiaries of Centene Corporation. Centene Corporation is a leading healthcare enterprise committed to helping people live healthier lives. The Company takes a local approach – with local brands and local teams – to provide fully integrated, high-quality, and cost-effective services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Centene offers affordable and high-quality products to nearly 1 in 15 individuals across the nation, including Medicaid and Medicare members (including Medicare Prescription Drug Plans) as well as individuals and families served by the Health Insurance Marketplace, the TRICARE program, and individuals in correctional facilities. The Company also provides a variety of specialty services focused on treating the whole person. Centene focuses on long-term growth and value creation as well as the development of its people, systems, and capabilities so that it can better serve its members, providers, local communities, and government partners.

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