Patient Health Benefits

SEARHC’s Patient Health Benefits program provides free help signing up for health insurance to Southeast Alaskans. If you need a helping hand choosing a plan with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace at, Medicare, Medicaid, the Tribally Sponsored Program or Veteran’s Benefits we can assist you. We can also help you with filing tribal, hardship, and affordability exemptions.

If you have not signed up for coverage, our team can help find the right fit for you and your family. Alaska Native and American Indians are covered by the Indian Health Service (IHS) for health care, however, having additional coverage expands the options and services available to you.

SEARHC Patient Health Benefit Assistance

907.966.8662 | 907.966.8920907.966.8405 | 907.364.4589 | 907.966.8621 (Sliding Discount) | 907.966.8883 (Manager)

SEARHC assists with the following programs:


  • New applications
  • Renewals
  • Reporting changes
  • Adding newborns


  • Sign-up for coverage at 65: call at 64 to begin the process
  • Help paying for Medicare Part B & D
  • Supplemental plans
  • Add or change Part D (drug) plans

Health Insurance Marketplace

  • Annual open enrollment (November 1 – December 15)
  • Special enrollment year round
  • Updating information & problem solving

Veteran’s Benefits

  • Sign up
  • Update income

Tribally-Sponsored Health Insurance Program

  • Free coverage for eligible tribal members
  • Additional insurance
  • Year-round enrollment

Sliding Discount

  • HRSA Sliding Discount
  • Financial Assistance Program



The Health Insurance Marketplace

Official site of Affordable Care Act. Enroll now for 2019 coverage. See health coverage choices, ways to save today, and how the law affects you.

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Medicaid is a program created by the federal government, but administered by the state, to provide payment for medical services for low-income citizens.

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Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older, certain people under 65 with disabilities, and any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant).

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Tribally Sponsored Health Insurance Program (TSHIP)

Tribes and Tribal health organizations now pay for health insurance for Alaska Native and American Indian people who qualify. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is offering Tribally-Sponsored Health Insurance in Alaska.

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

Veteran’s Benefits

If you qualify for VA health care, you’ll receive coverage for the services you need to help you get—and stay—healthy. Learn more about your health care benefits.

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  • 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)