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The Alaska Senior Benefits Payment Program

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The Senior Benefits program is being funded at the same level as Fiscal Year 2016.  Payment levels for the highest wage earning group will be increased from its current $47 monthly amount
to $76 per month effective August 1st, 2016

The Senior Benefits Program was established on August 1, 2007.  It pays cash benefits to Alaskan seniors who are age 65 or older and have low to moderate income.  Cash payments are $76, $175, or $250 each month depending on income.  The income limits for each payment level are tied to the Alaska Federal Poverty Guidelines and change each year as the poverty level changes.


US Citizen or Immigration Eligible

  • A person must be a U.S. citizen or a qualified immigrant.

Age :

  • Be age 65 or older

Alaska Residency:

  • Live in Alaska voluntarily
  • Not be in Alaska for a temporary purpose such as a vacation or business trip
  • Intend to make Alaska your home

Have a Social Security number

  • Have a Social Security Number or show that one has been applied for

Financial Need

  • Have countable income that does not exceed the income limits for Senior Benefits.
  • Resources, such as savings, do not count for Senior Benefits.

Payment Amounts

  • Eligibility and payment amounts are based on gross annual income.
The Alaska Senior Benefits Payment Program pays monthly cash benefits to Alaskans who are
age 65 or older and have low to moderate income. Payment levels depend on available state
funding and how many people apply and qualify for the program.
If the state budget cannot support the original amounts of $125, $175 and $250, regulations
allow for changes to be made for all eligible program participants
. Cuts come from the highest income tier first, then the second, then the third.
The monthly payment for the highest income level was reduced to $47 from $125 on March 1,
2016 due to the state’s limited budget for state fiscal year 2016.*
The budget for state fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 ) allowed
full monthly payments of $175 and $250 to recipients with the lowest income.
Those income payment levels continued through the end of that fiscal year
. Funding reductions in this program must be applied to individuals in the highest
income bracket

Eligibility and Payment
•Eligibility and payment amount is based on gross annual income (before any deductions are
taken for taxes, Medicare premiums, etc.)
• Assets, such as savings, are not counted •
Income limits may change yearly along with Alaska’s federal poverty level. The $250, $175,
and $76 monthly payments correspond to 75 percent, 100 percent, and 175 percent of the
federal poverty level for Alaska, respectively
•Payments are not available to seniors living in the following institutions:
Prison or jail
Alaska Pioneers’ Home or Alaska Veterans’ Home
A nursing home
Public or private institution for mental disease

Reduction Information & Fact Sheet

Printable Senior Benefits Application (PDF)

Mail or fax your application to:

Senior Benefits Office
855 W. Commercial Drive,
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: 1-888-352-4150 or 352-4150;
Fax: 357-2561, toll-free 1-866-352-8539

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