Medicaid Fast Facts

For more than 210,000 children and adults across Alaska, Medicaid coverage helps keep them healthy or cares for them during vulnerable times of illness.

  • A temporary helping hand: Medicaid often fills the coverage gap for a short time to help people get on their feet. 

  • Affordable coverage for working people: Medicaid covers working people who don’t have employer insurance or don’t make enough money to afford private insurance. 

  • Covers many working people: Six in 10 Alaska adults with Medicaid coverage are working. (not disabled or elderly)

  • Care for veterans: Nearly one in 10 veterans has Medicaid coverage, and Alaska has the highest population of veterans per capita in the United States. 

  • Coverage for low-income children: The Medicaid Denali Kid Care program covers more than 92,000 low-income and disabled children. The vast majority come from working families. 

  • Care for fragile seniors: Medicaid supports 80 percent of all residents in nursing homes – our parents, grandparents and younger people with disabilities. 

  • Help with addiction: Medicaid provides treatment for 4 out of 10 people with opioid addiction, supporting the state’s focus on the national opioid epidemic.

  • Ensures healthy babies: Nearly 50 percent of all births are covered by Medicaid, contributing to dramatic declines in infant and child mortality in our country since the 1960s. 

  • Supports vulnerable children: Medicaid covers nearly half of children, who have special health care needs.

  • Helps children with mental health needs: Medicaid covers primary care for children’s mental health, including Alaska kids with individual education plans to help them succeed in school.

  • Care for foster kids: Most foster children depend on Medicaid for their health care.