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Alaska Denali Kidcare Program Benefits

Denali KidCare is a new Alaska program to ensure that children and teens of both working and non-working families can have the health insurance they need. Denali KidCare provides excellent health insurance coverage for Alaska children and teens through age 18, and for pregnant women who meet income guidelines.

Alaska Denali Kidcare Program

Denali KidCare is Medicaid coverage for children from birth through age 18 and Pregnant Women who meet income eligibility standards. For children, Denali KidCare is typically issued for 12 months at a time. You will need to renew your case every 12 months to ensure there is not a break in coverage. Approximately 45 days before coverage ends, the division will send a renewal form to your household.

What is Denali KidCare?

Denali KidCare provides health coverage for children and teens under age 19 and for pregnant women who meet income and other eligibility requirements.

How do I apply Denali KidCare?

Complete and sign the application, attach the required verifi cation, and send it all to the Denali KidCare office. You may also drop it off at the Denali KidCare Office, your local Public Assistance Office, or fee agent. 

Does it cost me any money?

There is no cost for medical services for eligible children under age 18 and pregnant women. An 18 year old may have to pay a small amount for some medical services.

Whose income counts for a child’s eligibility?

The income of the child and the child’s natural or adoptive parent(s) counts. The income of grandparents, stepparents, aunts, uncles, boyfriends or girlfriends is not counted.

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What will happen if my children or I are covered by Tribal or Indian Health Service?

Children and pregnant women covered by Tribal or Indian Health Service may still be eligible. Denali KidCare may provide additional services not available through Tribal or Indian Health Services.

What will happen if my children or I already have other health insurance?

You must list your other health coverage on the application. Your children with other health insurance may still be eligible for Denali KidCare. If you are pregnant and have other health insurance, you may still be eligible for Denali KidCare coverage through your pregnancy and for two months afterwards, and your newborn will be covered for one year. 

What will happen if I dropped health insurance I had before I applied for Medicaid?

There is a 12-month waiting period for some children whose family voluntarily drops insurance for them without good cause. Good cause for terminating health insurance is limited to:

  • Changing to a new employer
  • Death of the child’s insured parent
  • Expiration of coverage under a COBRA continuation provision
  • The cost of continuing coverage would have caused a severe economic hardship on your household
  • Involuntary termination of health benefits due to long-term disability or other medical condition, or termination of employment

How long will it take?

It may take up to 30 days to process your application. If eligible, benefits for Denali KidCare start on the first day in the month you applied, and may cover medical costs for up to three months before you applied.

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What proof do I need to send in with my application?

To avoid delays, be sure to include with your application the items on the following checklist. If you do not have all of the items, we may be able to help you get them.

Who is eligible for Alaska Denali KidCare (CHIP)?

To be eligible for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Alaska and a U.S. Citizen, National, or a Non-Citizen legally admitted into the U.S. You must be uninsured (and ineligible for Medicaid) and meet one of the following:

  • 18 years of age and under, or
  • Pregnant, or
  • A primary care giver with a child(ren) 18 years of age and under.

Alaska Denali KidCare Income Limits

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household SizeMaximum Income Level (Per Year)

For households with more than eight people, add $11,252 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

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When I apply for Denali KidCare, I understand that I must:

  • Cooperate with and assist the department in identifying and providing information concerning third parties who may be liable to pay for care and services received for me or my minor children;
  • Assign to the State of Alaska all rights to any medical support or other third party payments to the extent the department has paid medical assistance for care and services for me or my minor children;
  • Cooperate with Child Support Services Division (CSSD) in obtaining medical support and establishing paternity for each child who has a parent who is not residing in the home, unless Denali KidCare determines that I do not need to cooperate;
  • Agree to apply for all other available third-party resources that may be used to provide or pay for the cost of care or services received by me or my minor children or that may be used to reimburse the state for the cost of care or services received;
  • If applying for long-term care services, including home and community based waiver services, assign to the State of Alaska as a remainder beneficiary, or as the second remainder beneficiary after my spouse or minor or disabled child, for any interest that I may have in an annuity up to the amount of Denali KidCare benefi ts received. 

How is my family’s personal information used? 

The Division of Public Assistance will collect information, including the Social Security Number of each household member who is applying for Denali KidCare, to determine eligibility for benefits. The Division will verify this information through computer matching programs. This information will be used to monitor compliance with program regulations and for program management. The Division may disclose this information to other Federal and State agencies for official examination; to law enforcement officials for the purpose of apprehending persons fleeing to avoid the law; and to private claims collection agencies for claims collection action. 

The Division may verify immigrant status of household members by contacting the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Information obtained from these agencies may affect your eligibility and level of benefits. Any SSN provided will be used and disclosed in the same manner, regardless of the eligibility of the individual. Providing the requested information, including the Social Security Number (SSN) of each person for whom you are seeking benefits, is voluntary. Failure to provide this information will result in the denial of Medicaid benefi ts for each child and pregnant woman without an SSN.

The Denali KidCare office can assist you in applying for a Social Security Number if you are seeking medical benefits and do not have one. When you sign the application for assistance and use Denali KidCare benefits, you consent to release medical records and information about yourself and any other person you are applying for to the Department of Health and Social Services. Upon request, any person who has medical records and information or the custody of such records shall release those records to the Department or a representative of the department.

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How to use Denali KidCare

You will receive a notice saying that a child or a pregnant woman has been enrolled. Soon after that, you will receive a Denali KidCare card that is good for 6-months for a child. Pregnant women will receive a Recipient ID Card with peel-off coupons (stickers) on it each month. When you are enrolled in Denali KidCare, follow these steps to ensure your health care provider gets paid:

  • Ask your health care provider if they are an enrolled Alaska provider and if they will accept you or your child as a Denali KidCare patient. Ask these questions when you make your appointments.
  • Arrive on time for your appointment. Call your health care provider if you are unable to make it on time. If you need to cancel, call them 24 hours before your appointment time. You are responsible for paying for appointments that you miss and have not cancelled.
  • Show your Denali KidCare card or coupons to your health care provider when you need services. They need to know who is paying for your medical care.
  • Ask your health care provider for a receipt for your records to show the date your Denali KidCare Card or coupon was accepted for payment.

If you need help finding a provider, please call the Recipient Information Helpline at 1 (800) 780-9972. If you need help with transportation, please call the Travel Program at 1 (888) 276-0606 (outside Anchorage) or 269- 4575 (in Anchorage).

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The best way to be sure that your baby is born healthy is to see your prenatal health care provider regularly during your pregnancy.

Can the State of Alaska take my estate?

The estate of an individual who received Medicaid benefits may be subject to a claim for recovery. This is limited to the reimbursement of medical services received while the recipient was in a medical institution, including a nursing home or other medical institution, or was receiving home and community-based services. Under limited conditions, the State of Alaska may place a lien on a recipient’s home. Most estate recovery is conducted after the death of the recipient or the recipient’s surviving spouse, if any, and only at a time when the recipient has no surviving child under age 21 and no surviving child who is blind or disabled. 

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How do I apply for Alaska Denali KidCare (CHIP)?

The process for applying for Alaska Denali KidCare, which is Alaska's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), may involve the following steps. Keep in mind that the application process and requirements may have changed, so it's essential to check the latest information on the official Alaska Denali KidCare website or contact the program directly. Here are general steps you can follow:

  • Check Eligibility: Before applying, make sure you meet the eligibility criteria. Typically, Denali KidCare is available for children under the age of 19 in low to moderate-income families.
  • Gather Necessary Information: Collect information about your household income, number of family members, and other relevant details.
  • Apply Online: Visit the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services website or the official Denali KidCare website to access the online application form.
  • Download Paper Application: If you prefer a paper application, you may be able to download the form from the Denali KidCare website or request one by contacting the program.
  • Visit Local Assistance Office: You can also apply in person by visiting your local Division of Public Assistance office. You can find the nearest office by checking the contact information on the Denali KidCare website.
  • Mail or Submit Application: If you choose the paper application, follow the instructions for submitting it. This may involve mailing the completed form to the designated address.
  • Follow Up: After submitting your application, it's important to follow up to ensure that it has been received and to check on the status of your application. You may be required to provide additional information.
  • Receive Notification: Once your application is processed, you will receive notification regarding your eligibility status. If approved, you will receive information about the coverage provided.
  • Renew Coverage: Keep in mind that CHIP coverage needs to be renewed periodically. Ensure that you follow the renewal instructions provided by the program to maintain coverage.

Please note that the specific steps and requirements may vary, and it's crucial to refer to the most recent information on the official Alaska Denali KidCare website or contact the program directly for the latest details.

How to Apply For Alaska Denali KidCare (CHIP)?

The fastest way to apply for Medicaid benefits is through Options are listed on our Medicaid page. Individuals may also apply by:

  • Submitting an Application for Services (GEN 50C) via mail, fax, email, in-person/lobby drop box, direct secure messaging, 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
  • See our Contact Us page for more information.

Covered Services

For questions about covered services, recipients can refer to the Medicaid Recipient Handbook, or contact HMS (Healthcare Management Solutions)​ by calling the helpline at 800-770-5650, option 2, toll-free statewide Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

Alaska Denali KidCare Phone Number

For more information on this program, please visit the Alaska CHIP page. E-mail inquiries can be sent to: [email protected]. Or you may call 1-888-318-8890 (statewide except Anchorage); in Anchorage, call 907-269-6529.