Medicare is a Federal program that provides health insurance for older adults and some individuals with disabilities. Most become eligible for Medicare at age 65 or older, others may become eligible after two years of being on Social Security Disability (SSDI). Enrollment is through the Social Security Administration.


The State of Alaska Department of Public Assistance (DPA) determines eligibility for DenaliCare/Denali KidCare also known as Medicaid. Medicaid provides medical coverage to low income Alaskans. Eligible groups include low income children, pregnant women, families, adults without dependent children between the ages of 19 and 64, the elderly, blind and permanently disabled. There is no time limit and many working families quality. Alaskans who are eligible for Medicaid can still get care from their Indian Health Services (IHS) provider and don’t have to pay premiums or co-payments. Medicaid can also pay for things such as travel, including air, lodging, meals and taxis. You benefit by having greater access to health care services. Tribes benefit because their health programs get more resources.


BBAHC is a third party, we do not determine eligibility for either Medicare/Medicaid programs. We are here to help navigate and assist you in the applying process. We strongly encourage everyone to apply for services they may be eligible for.

If you would like assistance in applying for any of the above insurances, please contact the Medicaid Outreach Department. 1-(907) 842-5201 or Toll Free 1-(800)-478-5201

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation manages Kanakanak Hospital, a critical access facility, which is Joint Commission accredited, receives Health and Human Services funding, and is covered through the Federal Tort Claim Act with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including liability for medical malpractice claims, for its officers, board members, employees, and certain health profession contractors and health profession volunteers. Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation is recognized by the US Government and State of Alaska as a tribal organization under PL 93-638.