Assisted living services can provide much-needed support and care for seniors who require assistance
with daily living activities. However, these services can also come with a hefty price tag that many
families cannot afford. Medicaid is a government-funded program that can help seniors cover the cost
of assisted living services. In Alaska, Medicaid is also known as DenaliCare, and it is available to eligible
seniors who meet certain requirements. In this blog post, we will discuss the eligibility requirements and
asset rules for Medicaid in Alaska and provide tips on how to apply for the program.
Eligibility for Medicaid in Alaska
To be eligible for Medicaid in Alaska, seniors must meet certain income and asset requirements. The
income limit for a single person in 2022 is $2,436 per month, while the asset limit is $2,000. However,
not all assets are counted when determining eligibility. The following assets are not counted:
Household goods and personal effects
Burial plot and up to $1,500 in burial funds
Life insurance with a face value of $1,500 or less
It is important to note that if a senior is married and their spouse is not applying for Medicaid, the
spouse’s income and assets will not be counted. Additionally, if the senior has significant medical
expenses, they may be able to deduct these expenses from their income to become eligible for
The Application Process for Medicaid in Alaska
The first step in applying for Medicaid in Alaska is to complete an application form. This can be done
online or by contacting the local Medicaid office. The application will require information about the
senior’s income, assets, and medical history. It is important to provide accurate and complete
information on the application to ensure timely processing.
After the application is submitted, the Medicaid office will review the information and determine if the
senior is eligible for the program. If the senior is eligible, they will receive a notification of approval and
instructions on how to select an assisted living facility that is covered by Medicaid.
Choosing an Assisted Living Facility
Not all assisted living facilities in Alaska accept Medicaid. It is important to select a facility that is
covered by the program to ensure that the senior’s care is fully covered. The Alaska Department of
Health and Social Services maintains a list of assisted living facilities that accept Medicaid. It is also a
good idea to visit the facility before making a decision to ensure that it meets the senior’s needs and
Medicaid can be a valuable resource for seniors who need assistance with daily living activities but
cannot afford the cost of assisted living services. Understanding the eligibility requirements and asset
rules for Medicaid in Alaska is essential for families who are considering this option. By following the
steps outlined in this blog post, families can apply for Medicaid with confidence and find a covered
assisted living facility that meets their loved one’s needs.
At Briar Rose we have decades of experience in working with residents receiving Medicaid. Contact us
today to learn more about how our caring, compassionate home may be right for your loved one.