Shawnda O'Brien, Director of Public Assistance
Shawnda O'Brien




Medicaid provides health coverage and long-term care services for low-income Alaskans. The Division of Public Assistance determines eligibility for this program. Read more…

Note: DenaliCare and Denali KidCare are the same as Medicaid in the State of Alaska. Denali KidCare is for youth under the age of 19.

☎ Medicaid eligibility: 800-478-7778
☎ Medicaid coverage or billing: 800-780-9972

Virtual Contact Center


Types of Medicaid

MAGI (Modified Adjusted Gross Income) Medicaid for:
  • Parent/caretakers
  • Expansion Adults
  • Children under age 19 with or without insurance
  • Adults age 19-21
  • Pregnant Women
Older age and Disability related Medicaid for:
  • Seniors age 65 and older
  • People with blindness or other disabilities
  • Long Term Care
  • Home and Community Based Waiver recipients
  • Working disabled
  • TEFRA for children with disabilities at home
  • Medicare premium assistance 


    the fastest way to see if you’re covered
    (Older age or disability applicants are encouraged to use a paper application at this time)
  • Complete a paper Application for Services and send by mail, fax, email, in-person/lobby drop box, direct secure messaging (requires a DSM account), or through a fee agent.
  • Contact the Virtual Contact Center 800-478-7778 (TDD/Alaska Relay: 7-1-1) and apply for benefits over the phone
  • Visit and Click on ARIES Self-Service Portal under Services for Individuals.

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