State health care information for the criminal justice system

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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in Alaska

Alaska is not expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income adults, as of January 2015.[i]  Alaska’s Governor, Bill Walker, who took office in December 2014, has announced implementation of the Medicaid expansion as a top priority for his administration.  However, at this time, Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Alaska.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information: Alaska has a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM).[iii]  People can use the FFM to compare plans, purchase low-cost insurance, and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that apply.

Eligibility and Enrollment: People in Alaska can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are three ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and to apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They can use Alaska’s online application for free or low cost health benefits.[iv]

2) They can use the online application on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.[v]

3) They can contact the Marketplace call center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (1-800-318-2596, TTY: 1-855-889-4325).[vi]

 

Alaska Medicaid and Health Insurance Link

Link to the state Medicaid agency website for more information on Medicaid and for application forms to download and print[vii]

Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (1-800-770-5650)[viii]

Link to a list of Alaska Medicaid districts and contact information of the district Medicaid office that serves them[ix]

Link to a summary of Alaska’s basic eligibility guidelines[x]

Link to information on Alaska’s Medicaid State Plan[xi]

Link to the Medicaid Member Handbook on Covered Services [xii]

Link to an organizational chart of the Alaska Medicaid agency[xiii]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director[xiv]

Link to the Medicaid provider manual[xv]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on Alaska’s health insurance exchange? Alaska currently does not have its own health insurance exchange. Apply for coverage by visiting Heathcare.gov.

Where can you find help enrolling in health coverage and answers to questions? Link to contacts for local enrollment help[xvi]

 

State Health Information

How many people in Alaska are eligible to participate?

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 16% of Alaska’s population was uninsured in 2013. [xvii] The total number of potential marketplace participants is 87,000.[xviii]

How many are enrolled so far?  16,724 individuals have selected a marketplace plan, as January 2015.[xix]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 26,000 of Alaska’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid; 11,000 of them are adults.[xx]

Is Alaska a Medicaid health home state? No.

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

House: Rep. Paul Seaton (R-District 31) chairs the Health and Social Services Committee.

Senate: Sen. Bert Stedman (R-District Q) chairs the Health and Social Services Committee.[xxi]

 

Other Related Information for Alaska

Link to information on the Alaska Department of Corrections[xxii]

Link to information about Alaska’s substance abuse services[xxiii]

Link to information about Alaska’s mental health services[xxiv]

Link to the Alaska Behavioral Health Association to get information about Alaska’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

  

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Alaska [xxv]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxvi]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxvii]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxviii]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxix]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxx]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxxi]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxxii]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxiii]

 

Click here to return to the map of state profiles:   state-by-state healthcare profile map

 

[i] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State, Alaska, last viewed on December 18, 2014, at 2:32 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/alaska.html.

[ii] See supra at 33.

[iii] See Kaiser Family Foundation, State Decisions on Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Medicaid Expansion, last viewed on December 18, 2014 at 3:52 p.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-decisions-for-creating-health-insurance-exchanges-and-expanding-medicaid/.

[iv] See Alaska.gov, My Alaska, last viewed on December 18, 2014, at 2:46 p.m. https://my.alaska.gov/

[v] See Healthcare.gov, Create An Account, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 9:55 a.m.: https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/create-account/.

[vi] See supra at 37.

[vii] See Alaska Department of Health and Social Services website, last viewed on December 18, 2014, at 2:58 a.m.: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/pages/medicaid/default.aspx.

[viii] See supra at 39.

[ix] See Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Assistance, District Offices, last viewed on December 18, 2014, at 3:14 p.m:  http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Pages/features/org/dpado.aspx.

[x] See CMS, State Medicaid and CHIP Income Eligibility Standards, (For MAGI Groups, based on state decisions as of July 1, 2014), last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 10:07 a.m. (Provides data for all 50 states.)

[xi] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.: http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Alaska. (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).

[xii] See Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Medicaid, Recipient Handbook, last viewed on December 18, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dhcs/Documents/PDF/Recipient-Handbook.pdf.

[xiii] See, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Organization Chart, last viewed on December 18, 2014 at 3:23 p.m.:  http://dhss.alaska.gov/Commissioner/Documents/PDF/DHSS_org_chart.pdf.

[xiv] See National Association of Medicaid Directors, About Us, State Directors, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 11:19 a.m., http://medicaiddirectors.org/about/state-directors. (Includes contact information for the State Medicaid Director of all 50 states.)

[xv] See, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Medicaid State Plan, last viewed on December 18, 2014 at 3:27 p.m.:  http://dhss.alaska.gov/Commissioner/Pages/MedicaidStatePlan/default.aspx.

[xvi]See HealthCare.gov, Get Answers, last viewed at December 15, 2014, at 12:01 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/get-answers/.

[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 11:46 a.m. http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?state=AK.

[xviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed on December 19, 2014 at 10:14 a.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/

[xix] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed at December 18, 2014, at 4:14 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.

[xx] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 11:58 a.m., http://kff.org/interactive/uninsured-gap/.

[xxi] See Alaska State Legislature, last viewed on December 18, 2014, at 4:18 p.m., http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/docs/pdf/commlist.pdf

[xxii] See Alaska Department of Corrections, last viewed on December 18, 2014, at 4:20 p.m., http://www.correct.state.ak.us/.

[xxiii] See Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, last viewed on December 18, 2014, at 4:22 p.m., http://dhss.alaska.gov/dbh/Pages/TreatmentRecovery/SubstanceAbuse/default.aspx

[xxiv] See Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, last viewed on December 18, 2014 at 4:23 p.m., http://dhss.alaska.gov/dbh/Pages/default.aspx

[xxv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=AK.

[xxvi]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxvii]   See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxviii]   See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxix]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxx] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxxi] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxxii  See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxxiii See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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