Health Care Services

Our mission is to provide to all eligible Alaskans access and oversight to the full range of appropriate Medicaid services. We also protect Alaska’s most vulnerable populations through our certification and licensing sections.


New icon11/14/22 - Leadership Changes within the Department of Health
Governor Dunleavy announced that Heidi Hedberg will become acting commissioner of the Department of Health effective November 16, 2022, replacing Commissioner Adam Crum who has been named commissioner of the Department of Revenue. Emily Ricci joined the Department of Health on November 7, 2022 as Deputy Commissioner of Medicaid and Healthcare Policy and State Medicaid Director.

10/14 - Public Health Emergency Renewal
On October 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). No end date was published; however previous renewals extended the PHE for additional 90-day periods. All existing flexibilities will remain in place through the remainder of the PHE, unless otherwise announced.

7/15 - Don’t risk a gap in your Medicaid coverage!
Are you a Medicaid recipient? If so, please review the following two documents from the Division of Public Assistance regarding upcoming Medicaid changes.

  • Visit our Background Check Interim Process page for the latest information about the Background Check Program.

  • 5/20 - Do you have an employee who is working under a provisional background check clearance issued in 2020 or 2021 without fingerprints?

    If yes, the employee’s fingerprints must be submitted no later than August 1, 2022. If fingerprints are not submitted by this date, the application will be closed, the employee will no longer be cleared to work, and a new application must be submitted.

    Questions? Contact the Background Check Program at

  • 2/24 - Background Check Process Reminders: Background check applications MUST be submitted via NABCS; paper applications are no longer accepted
  • Opioid Training/CEU Opportunity for Prescribing Providers
    New Alaska legislation requires a minimum of two hours of continuing education in pain management, opioid use, and addiction for prescribing providers. For information on applicable courses, view the Opioid and Pain Management training flyers on the Enterprise Provider Messages and Announcements page.

Proposed and Filed Regulations

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