Medicare offers healthcare coverage to Alaska residents age 65 or older, or to those Alaska residents that suffer from certain medical disabilities. In 2015, 83,863 people are enrolled in Medicare in Alaska, accounting for 11% of the population in Alaska. In 2009 approximately $8,812 was spent per Medicare enrollee in Alaska, about 14.98% lower than the national average of $10,365. Alaska's senior population rose 58.1% between 2000 and 2011, the largest growth of any state in that timeframe1 and according to projections based off of the 2000 Census, from 2015 to 2030 the population of seniors in Alaska is expected to increase by 69.55%. Therefore the number of eligible Medicare beneficiaries in Alaska is also predicted to increase.
In Alaska two Medicare programs are available to its seniors: State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). SHIP is a CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) program which provides one-on-one counseling, education, and outreach to Medicare beneficiaries and their families. The goal of SHIP is to help people better understand and also utilize their Medicare benefits. SMP is a program of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) which provides funding for educating Medicare beneficiaries and others on how to recognize and report potential Medicare fraud, errors, waste, and abuse. Currently three healthcare providers in Alaska are accepting new Medicare patients: Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center (907-743-7200), Providence Senior Care Center (907-212-3420), and Alaska Medicare Clinic (907-433-5100).
Individuals that qualify for Medicare can sign up for Medicare Part A (hospital services) and Part B (medical services) through the Federal government. Part A is generally paid for by paycheck deductions from their working years (or their spouse's) but most Medicare beneficiaries pay for Part B through monthly premiums unless they qualify for financial assistance. If you are eligible for Original Medicare (Parts A & B) or if you are already enrolled in it, you also have the option to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C) instead of Original Medicare or add a standalone prescription drug plan (Part D) to your current Original Medicare coverage. Original Medicare offers its beneficiaries flexibility in choosing their providers and you are not limited to a network. However, there is no limit on out-of-pocket medical expenses and you must always pay 20% coinsurance for medical service costs. Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D insurance plans are sold by private insurance companies that have a contract with Medicare. Many Medicare beneficiaries will elect to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug coverage or purchase a standalone prescription drug plan to go with their Original Medicare coverage. Medicare Advantage plans require you to stay in network but some plans will also cover out-of-network care at a higher cost. Additional benefits of Medicare Advantage plans such as dental, vision, or hearing coverage can help reduce out-of-pocket expenses for seniors with certain medical needs.
Data on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, and spending by state from Kaiser Family Foundation
There are 9 Medicare insurance providers that offer affordable and comprehensive Medicare insurance in Alaska. Of these, the companies that offer the largest variety of plans to choose from are UnitedHealthcare, Humana, and ExpressScripts. In Alaska,. The following are all medicare insurance providers in Alaska:
There are 19 medicare plans in Alaska. The following are the 10 highest rated medicare plans in Alaska based on their CMS rating for the plan's overall quality.
|Monthly Cost||Plan Name||CMS Rating|
|from $22||ExpressScripts - Express Scripts Medicare - Saver (PDP)|
|from $47||ExpressScripts - Express Scripts Medicare - Value (PDP)|
|from $53||SilverScript - SilverScript Choice (PDP)|
|from $78||UnitedHealthcare - AARP MedicareRx Preferred (PDP)|
|from $95||ExpressScripts - Express Scripts Medicare - Choice (PDP)|
|from $20||Humana - Humana Walmart Rx Plan (PDP)|
|from $28||Aetna - Aetna Medicare Rx Saver (PDP)|
|from $30||Humana - Humana Preferred Rx Plan (PDP)|
|from $31||UnitedHealthcare - AARP MedicareRx Saver Plus (PDP)|
|from $33||UnitedHealthcare - AARP MedicareRx Walgreens (PDP)|
The following are the most popular medicare doctors in Alaska based on the provider utilization and payment data published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
|STANLEY P WATKINS, MD||Surgery||ANCHORAGE, AK|
|JAMES M EULE, MD||Orthopaedic Surgery||ANCHORAGE, AK|
|DOUGLAS PREVOST, M.D.||Orthopaedic Surgery||ANCHORAGE, AK|
|ADAM C MASON, M.D.||Internal Medicine||ANCHORAGE, AK|
|GUNNAR G STROBEL, M.D.||Internal Medicine||ANCHORAGE, AK|
|ELIZABETH NORTHROP MORGAN||Ophthalmology||ANCHORAGE, AK|
|KRZYSZTOF W BALABAN, M.D.||Internal Medicine||ANCHORAGE, AK|
|STEVEN J COMPTON, M.D.||Internal Medicine||ANCHORAGE, AK|
|LISA N GRAY, D.O.||Internal Medicine||ANCHORAGE, AK|
|ANKIE MARIE AMOS, MD||Internal Medicine||ANCHORAGE, AK|