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Denali KidCare – Alaska’s Children’s Health Insurance Program –


Warning – A phone number that was once used for the Denali KidCare program is now being used to ask people for their credit card number in order to win a prize. The phone number related to this activity is 888-318-8890. This is not a State of Alaska government phone number. People should not call this number or give out Medicaid or credit card information.​​

Overview of Denali KidCare

Welcome to Denali KidCare! Denali KidCare is designed to ensure that children and teens of both working and non-working families can have the health insurance they need. It is an expansion of the Medicaid Program  in Alaska.

Denali KidCare provides excellent health insurance coverage for children and teens through age 18 who meet income guidelines.

Pregnant women who meet income guidelines may qualify in Alaska under regular Medicaid, now known as DenaliCare.

General Information

Denali KidCare is issued 12 months at a time. You will need to renew your application every 12 months to ensure there is not a break in coverage. Renewing your coverage is easy. A pre-printed form will be mailed to you 45 days   prior to expiration of coverage.

What is Denali KidCare?
Denali KidCare is the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Alaska  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 children and teens through age 18 who meet income guidelines.

Where can I find CHIP information related to the Alaska CHIP State Plan; the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA); CHIPRA Grants; Eligibility Standards; Benefits; Cost Sharing; Outreach and Enrollment; and Reports and Evaluation?
Visit the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) page at Medicaid.gov.

What are the services and benefits?
Well care for your child or teen is important to prevent disease, find and treat problems early, and maintain good health. Denali KidCare children and teens receive the full range of prevention and treatment services such as:
  • Doctor’s visits
  • Health check-ups & screenings
  • Vision exams & eyeglasses
  • Dental checkups, cleanings & fillings
  • Hearing tests & hearing aids
  • Speech therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Mental health therapy
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Chiropractic services
  • Foot doctor’s services
  • Hospital care
  • Laboratory tests
  • Prescription drugs
  • Medical transportation
  • Alaska Medicaid Recipient Handbook

Pregnant women in Alaska who meet income guidelines may receive health coverage through DenaliCare.

Will there be any cost?

There is no cost for eligible children and teens under Denali KidCare or pregnant women in DenaliCare. However, youth who are 18 years-old may be required to share a limited amount of the cost for some services.

Who is eligible for Denali KidCare?
You will have to apply to know for sure. Generally, you may be eligible if:

  • you are a child or youth age 18 or younger; or
  • you live in Alaska; and
  • your family’s income meets the guidelines.


How much money can my family make and still be eligible?
Denali KidCare income guidelines are based on family size.

What if my children or teen are  covered by Indian Health Service?
Children and teens covered by Indian Health Service may still be eligible for Denali KidCare. Apply to be sure.

What if my children or teens already have health insurance?
This program is primarily for individuals without health insurance. However, if your family income is quite low, your children with health insurance may still be eligible for Denali KidCare. You must declare current health insurance on the application.

How will I be notified if my children are eligible?
Each child enrolled will receive a Denali KidCare Card in the mail with instructions.

Where do I call to ask questions about my application?
Public Assistance Office Locations and phone numbers

Where do I call to ask questions about my coverage?
Recipient Helpline

Income Guidelines
(revised March, 2015)

There are now three ways to apply for Health Insurance Coverage including Denali KidCare and DenaliCare. The Affordable Care Act ensures there is no wrong door to apply for health insurance coverage.

  1. www.healthcare.gov (Through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace) OR
  2. https://aries.alaska.gov   (using your My Alaska account which is the same one you use to apply for a PFD.) This is the ARIES Self Service Portal (SSP), Click on ARIES-Public Assistance: People can currently apply for other types of MAGI Medicaid using this system. OR
  3. Download and print an application and mail, fax or drop it off at a Division of Public Assistance (DPA) office. OR pick up and submit an application at a Public Assistance Office or with a fee agent in their village.

Read an ARIES Informational Overview for a description of the new Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) rules used to determine DenaliCare/Denali KidCare eligibility and for a better understanding of the online application process in the myAlaska self-service portal (SSP).

If you have questions about Denali KidCare or DenaliCare contact your nearest  Public Assistance office.

If you have billing questions, please visit the following DHCS link:  http://dhss.alaska.gov/dhcs/Pages/medicaid_medicare/helpline.aspx



Priority Numbers for

Pregnant Women and others who have applied and have an
Urgent Need

  • Pregnant Women
    If you have submitted an application for
    Pregnant Woman Medicaid (DenaliCare) and have not received a notice informing you of the status of your application, please call
    1-844-864-2229 (BABY).  Please be prepared to provide your case number, your full name, social security number, and a valid phone number.

  • Urgent Medical Need
    Please call
    1-844-231-7880, if you submitted an application for Medicaid and someone is experiencing an
    urgent need for medical assistance such as:
    • Medical procedures to address a life threatening illness or injury (
      Call 911 first)
    • Travel for high risk medical procedures
    • Prescriptions that need to be filled

  • Call 211
    For information about community resources that may help you until your application is processed

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