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.