Alaska Medicaid Beginner’s Guide
Medicaid is both a federal and state-funded program for individuals and families with low income. Eligibility and benefits can change slightly in each state. This guide can help you determine what you are eligible for if you live in Alaska.
Click below to learn more about Alaska Medicaid:
- Alaska Medicaid Coverage
- Alaska Medicaid Eligibility
- How to Apply for Medicaid in Alaska
- Get Both Medicare and Medicaid at the Same Time in Alaska
Alaska Medicaid Coverage
Alaska Medicaid covered services are generally limited to what is medically necessary. Typically, Alaska Medicaid covers:
- Ambulatory surgeries
- Breast and cervical cancer checkups
- Chiropractic services
- Community behavioral health services
- Family planning
- Home health
- Hospital services
- Labs and X-rays
- Long-term care facilities
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Mental health services
- Personal care
- Physicians and registered nurses
- Prescription drugs*
- Private-duty nursing
- Rural health clinics
- School-based services
- Therapy (physical, occupational, speech-language)
- Travel for non-emergency medical services
- Well-child exams (medical, dental, vision)
*If you have both Medicare and Medicaid, your prescription drug coverage will come from Medicare instead of Medicaid. You should not owe a premium or deductible for Medicare Part D.
Denali KidCare is for kids through age 18 and pregnant women who meet the income guidelines. Applications will be reviewed every 12 months. You can apply for Denali Care in the same way that you would apply for Alaska Medicaid. Effective 4/19, the income requirements for Denali Care can be found here: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dhcs/Documents/denalikidcare/applicationsdenalikidcare/dkc_income_guidelines.pdf.
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Alaska Medicaid Travel Benefits
Medicaid may cover your transportation if your tests or treatment are not available locally. To start, your local doctor will have to refer you and call First Health to get authorization. Once you have authorization from Medicaid, you can call the Alaska State Travel Office at 1-800-514-7123 to schedule your trip. Always remember to bring your Medicaid ID card when you travel for health services.Back to Top
Alaska Medicaid Eligibility
Eligibility for Alaska medical assistance programs is based largely on your income level and household size. If you have low income and are unable to pay your medical bills, it may be worth applying to find out if you are eligible. Applying is the only way to know for sure.
If you don’t quite meet the Alaska Medicaid eligibility requirements, but you have little income and lack health insurance, you might qualify for CAMA. CAMA provides identification cards or “coupons” that you can give to your doctor. The “coupon” explains what services are covered. The doctor has to be enrolled with Social Services, and you will owe $1 copayments for drugs and medical supplies.
To apply for CAMA, visit your nearest public assistance office (see our list below!) with proof of your income and assets.
You can get CAMA if:
- You are a U.S. citizen or legal alien
- You have no health insurance
- You have low income and limited resources* and cannot earn more than:
- $300/month for one person
- $400/month for two people
- + add $100/month for every extra family member
- You have a qualifying, doctor-confirmed chronic condition, such as:
- A terminal illness
- Cancer requiring chemotherapy
- Chronic diabetes/diabetes insipidus
- Chronic seizure disorders
- Chronic mental illness
- Chronic hypertension
*Resources cannot total more than $500 and do not include your home, single vehicle, property, etc. but includes cash, bank accounts, and other personal property.
How to Apply for Medicaid in Alaska
You can apply for Alaska Medicaid online at either healthcare.gov or my.alaska.gov. You can also complete a paper application and then either send it in by mail, fax it to an office, or bring it to your local public assistance office. There is a list of Alaska public offices at the bottom of the application, or you can scroll down to “Alaska Medicaid Offices” below.
Alaska Medicaid Portal and myAlaska
The Alaska Medicaid Health Enterprise Portal is a place where doctors, patients, pharmacists, and other users can review their Alaska healthcare information. To be able to register, you must first be accepted to the Alaska Medicaid program, and you must have received a Medicaid ID number. You will also need your Social Security Number or tax ID number to register.
myAlaska is a different tool. You can use myAlaska to apply for various programs in the state.
Alaska Medicaid Offices
You can apply for Alaska Medicaid at any of the following public assistance offices:
P.O. Box 365
560 Ridgecrest Dr., Ste. 121
Bethel, AK 99559
907-543-2686 / FAX: 907-543-2650
675 7th Ave., Station E
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-451-2850 / FAX: 451-2923
400 Gambel St.
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-269-6599 / FAX: 907-269-6520
3670 Lake St., Ste. 200
Homer, AK 99603
907-226-3040 / FAX: 907-235-6176
P.O. Box 110642
10002 Glacier Hwy, Ste. 201
Juneau, AK 99801
907-465-3537 / FAX: 907-465-4657
2030 Sea Level Dr., Ste. 301
Ketchikan, AK 99901
907-225-2135 / FAX: 907-247-2135
211 Mission Rd., Ste. 101
Kodiak, AK 99615
907-486-3783 / FAX: 907-486-3116
1251 Muldoon Rd., Ste. 111B
Anchorage, AK 99504
907-269-0001 / FAX: 907-269-0070
P.O. Box 2110
214 E. Front Street
Nome, AK 99762
907-443-2237 / FAX: 907-443-2307
304 Lake St., Ste. 101
Sitka, AK 99835
907-747-8234 / FAX: 907-747-8224
855 W. Commercial Dr.
Wasilla, AK 99654
907-376-3903 / FAX: 1-877-357-2538
Get Both Medicare and Medicaid at the Same Time in Alaska
In 2017, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that over 184,000 people in Alaska had Medicaid, and 55% of those people were elderly and disabled. If you qualify for Medicare based on your age or disability status (and also qualify for Alaska Medicaid), you might qualify for a Dual-Eligible Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan, or DSNP. DSNPs can provide coverage for additional services and often come at no or very little cost.
You can qualify for Medicare by: