Free Health Insurance for Alaska Natives/American Indians

May 09 2014

SITKA – Through a collaboration between SouthEast Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), Alaska Natives and American Indians may be eligible for free additional health insurance coverage through a new trial program.

This program, known as Tribally Sponsored Health Insurance Program (T-SHIP), is available to those that meet specific criteria. Applicants must not be currently covered by Medicaid, Medicare, VA, or other private insurance, nor can they be eligible for insurance through an employer. Eligibility also requires applicants to be Alaska Native or American Indian living in Alaska and enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, have an income between 100-300% of the federal poverty level, or require complex care (estimated health care expenses exceeding $20,000 this year).

“Alaska Native and American Indian people have some excellent opportunities for health insurance coverage available,” says Andrea Thomas, Outreach & Enrollment Manager for SEARHC. “The T-SHIP program offers free insurance, and the Health Insurance Marketplace offers insurance at reduced premium rates and out of pocket expenses depending on income.”

Anyone interested in being screened for health insurance coverage should call Andrea Thomas at (907) 966-8883 or email her at andreat@searhc.org.