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alaska guide to health insurance

How healthy is living in Alaska? The state is ranked as the 28th healthiest state to live in, according to the 2012 study by the United Health Foundation.

The good news:

  • A majority of the state's adults are physically active.
  • While still lower than in many states, the high school graduation rate is rising. About 73 percent of students complete high school in four years.
  • On-the-job deaths dropped from 12.5 to 8.1 per 100,000 people over the past five years.

The bad news:

  • Alaska continues to rank near the bottom of the country for the number of violent crimes per 100,000 people.
  • The state ranks 41st for the number of adults who reported drinking excessively in the past 30 days.

Alaska's best and worst category rankings:

  • Low Birth Weight – 1st
  • Public Health Funding – 2nd
  • Air Pollution – 3rd
  • Binge Drinking – 48th
  • Violent Crime – 49th
  • Geographic Disparity – 49th

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Alaska.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Alaska health quality findings.

In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Alaska here.

Get local health results

State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Alaska, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

Does Alaska have
a health insurance high risk pool?

Alaska Comprehensive Health Insurance Association
Toll-free 1-888-290-0616

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Alaska started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.

Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.

Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.

In the best cases, they allowed people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.

More Alaska resources

Alaska state health insurance exchange

Alaska’s exchange

Find out what your state’s health insurance exchange will look like.


$1,280,908 to 2,712 Alaska citizens

How much the ACA forced insurance companies to return in your state.


Find out how your member of the Alaska Congressional delegation voted on health care.

AK state government resources

Alaska Department of Insurance

Health insurance information, including how to file a…

Denali KidCare

Denali KidCare is a State of Alaska program designed to ensure that children and teens of both working and non-working families can get health…

State of Alaska Health Care Services

Part of the department of Health and Social Services. Adult dental care services Chronic and Acute Medical Assistance (CAMA)…

AK advocacy resources

AK Health Reform

A collection of information and resources for Alaska stakeholder groups affected by upcoming health…

Other AK health insurance links

Alaska State Medical Association

Contact Information: (907) 562-0304; Fax: (907) 561-2063; e-mail:…

Alaska State Medical Board

Alaska Licensee…

Alaska health insurance companies

Celtic Ins. Co.
Golden Rule
ODS Alaska
Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska

Health insurance for AK individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Alaska. If you are looking for Alaska Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.