SEARHC Outreach & Enrollment

The SEARHC Outreach & Enrollment program provides free assistance to people signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, Tribally Sponsored Health Insurance Program, Veteran’s Benefits, and filing exemptions (tribal, hardship and affordability).

If you have not signed up for health insurance we can help find the right fit for you and your family. Alaska Native and American Indians are covered by the Indian Health Service for health care. Getting additional health insurance expands health coverage options and services.

SEARHC Outreach & Enrollment 
907-966-8662 | 907-966-8883 | or toll free at 1-855-966-8684

SEARHC Financial Counselors
 907-364-4465 | 907-966-8307 | 907-766-6322 | 907-755-4982

Alaska Native/American Indians

The Affordable Care Act‘s (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace provides more choices for additional healthcare coverage beyond Indian Health Service services. You may qualify for special coverage and protections at healthcare.gov/american-indians-alaska-natives.

Indian Health Service (IHS)) coverage is not considered health insurance. Alaska Natives and American Indians are exempt from the requirement to purchase insurance as long as they file an exemption.

Important tips

  • If you are currently covered by employer insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, Denali Kid Care or Veteran’s Benefits: you don’t need to file an exemption because you have health insurance.
  • You may be eligible for the Tribally Sponsored Health Insurance Program: this program provides free additional health coverage if you are eligible (see flyer under the resource section).
  • If you currently use your IHS coverage without additional insurance, you will need to file an exemption: you can file the exemption when you do your taxes.
  • Exemptions for Alaska Native/American Indians: there is no longer a paper application to submit to the Health Insurance Marketplace. you can file for a lifetime exemption number by paper.  
  • Using your lifetime exemption number: this exemption number can be used to file your taxes every year. You can also file a yearly exemption on IRS form 8965.  The forms can be found on this website under documents.
  • If you fail to file an exemption or purchase additional insurance: you will face a tax penalty of  $695/adult and $347.50/child (up to $2,085/family) or 2.5% of family income WHICHEVER is higher.

Documents

Resources

The Health Insurance Marketplace

Medicaid

  • MyAlaska – State of Alaska website
  • ARIES – Alaska’s Resource for Integrated Eligibility Services (ARIES) Self-Service Portal
  • Gen 50 – State of Alaska Application for Services
  • Medicaid recipient handbook – Note: changes made after the printing of this book will be made only to the online version of this handbook, located at this web page.

Medicare

Tribally Sponsored Health Insurance Program (TSHIP)

  • TSHIP flyer – General information, including income guidelines for eligibility
  • TSHIP FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions   

Veteran’s Benefits

  • Application form    
  • Serving Alaska Veterans – This video introduces Veterans to the three administrations of the VA — Health Care Administration, Benefits Administration, and Cemetery Administration. The video, produced in Alaska, may have relevance to Veterans throughout the United States who are eligible for benefits from the VA. Veterans are encouraged to make contact with the nearest VA. (Video published 07.14.16)

Contact Information

SEARHC Outreach and Enrollment
Call SEARHC’s Outreach & Enrollment for more information or assistance.
(907) 966-8662 | (907) 966-8883 | toll-free 1 (855) 966-8684.
Email outreach@searhc.org.

Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Marketplace
Affordable Care Act Marketplace website http://www.healthcare.gov/ 
1 (800) 318-2596 24 hours a day, seven days a week