Student Coverage Outside Alaska

Before You Go To School

Routine medical and dental needs are to be taken care of before leaving Alaska. Routine care includes school physicals, immunizations, vision examinations, birth control, dental care, etc.

If you have questions beyond what is offered on this page, we suggest you contact Contract Health Care Services Alaska Native Medical Center listed below.

CHC Services programs that provide coverage to students outside Alaska

Contract Health Care Services Alaska Native Medical Center
4315 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907)729-2470
Toll-free: (800)478-1636
Fax: (907)729-2483

Area Dental Office Alaska Area Native Health Service
4141 Ambassador Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907)729-3641
Toll-free: (800)478-1636 (CHS office)

FAQ for Students

Who is eligible for the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) student contract health care services program?

SEARHC beneficiaries, spouses (if applicable) and/or legal dependents who temporarily leave their permanent place of residence and travel outside Alaska for the sole purpose of attending programs of vocational, technical or academic study on a full-time basis.

What is the student program process and coverage?

Students must provide the Alaska Native Medical Center Contract Health Care Services (ANMC CHC Services) program the following at the start of each school year:

  • An official letter from the school's registrar or office of admissions verifying the student's attendance will be (is) full time. This letter also must indicate the student's permanent residence is within the state of Alaska.
  • Completed patient registration worksheet.
  • Proof of eligibility documentation for the student and all family members, as applicable.
  • Date of departure and intent to return to Alaska, which can be documented by airline tickets, airline boarding passes, ferry system tickets or gas receipts if you drove to your destination.
  • Your current mailing address and phone number while going to school outside of Alaska.

Students are encouraged to purchase and utilize school health insurance when available. In most cases, the benefits are excellent and the cost is minimal. Student funding for health care includes normal breaks, such as vacations, for a period not to exceed 180 days after the completion of the course of study. Once the student has completed the course of study if he/she chooses not to return to Alaska, medical coverage is limited to emergent care for a period not to exceed 180 days.

What is the approval process?

Non-emergent or routine health care services must be authorized for payment approval prior to the receipt of medical services by contacting the ANMC CHC Services office at (800)478-1636.

Emergency care must be reported to the ANMC CHC Services office within 72 hours, including weekends and holidays (leave voicemail on these days), after the beginning of treatment. If the person needing care is too sick or disabled, a relative, friend or the medical provider may notify ANMC CHC Services by calling (800)478-1636.

Dental services must be authorized for payment approval by contacting the Area Dental office at ANMC prior to the receipt of dental services by calling (907)729-3641, or the ANMC CHC Services office at (800)478-1636 Ext. 3641.

What is not covered for students?

  • Inpatient or outpatient mental health/substance abuse treatment services
  • When an Indian Health Services facility or tribal health facility was open and available to provide the needed care
  • When medical and dental services are provided routinely through a school's health program.

Can I get dental services if I'm an student?

You will need to notifiy ANMC Dental that services are needed, they will than decide if they will cover your dental services.

 

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