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ADRC Alaska

The ADRC goal is to be a trusted resource. ADRC specialists counsel callers and visitors on long-term supports that fit their circumstances. People choose which services they would like, then the ADRC specialists help people access those services. 


Medicaid is the primary public program for financing basic health and long-term care services for low-income Alaskans. It is funded by federal and state general funds. The program focuses on coverage for low-income children, pregnant women, families, adults without dependent children between the ages of 19 and 64, the elderly, blind and the permanently disabled.

Medicare Information Office

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). 

Social Security Office

Social Security has provided financial protection for our nation's people for over 80 years. Chances are, you either receive Social Security benefits or know someone who does. With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation's history.

Senior & Disability Services

Our mission is to promote health, well being and safety for individuals with disabilities, seniors and vulnerable adults by facilitating access to quality services and supports that foster independence, personal choice and dignity.

Senior Benefits Program

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.

APS General Relief Assistance

General Relief Assistance (GRA) provides for the most basic needs of many Alaskans without the personal resources to meet an emergent need and ineligible for assistance from other programs. GRA is designed to meet the immediate, basic needs of Alaskans facing extreme financial crisis and is a temporary funding source for assisted living home placement.

Adult Public Assistance

Alaska’s Adult Public Assistance (APA) program provides cash assistance​ to needy aged, blind, and disabled Alaskans to help them remain independent.  The APA program gives cash to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and others who have income and resources within APA income and resource limits.  APA recipients are also eligible for Medicaid benefits.

Heating Assistance Program

The Heating Assistance Program (HAP) is designed to promote the general welfare and safeguard the health and well-being of Alaska's population by​ offsetting the cost of home heating for eligible Alaskan residents.

Chronic/Acute Medical Assistance

The CAMA program is a state funded program designed to help needy Alaskans who have specific illnesses get the medical care they need to manage those illnesses. It is a program primarily for people who do not qualify for Medicaid benefits, have very little income, and have inadequate or no health insurance.

Nursing Facility Transition

The Nursing Facility Transition (NFT) program provides individuals currently in a nursing facility with the opportunity to return to community based living. This may be the individual’s own home or apartment or the home/apartment of family or friends. NFT may also help with finding housing or a supportive living environment. 

DHSS Contacts

A list of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services phone numbers.