Access to Health Care
When people have access to good medical care, they are more likely to succeed in school and work and to have a better quality of life. Your support allows United Way to continue our efforts to connect people with the health care they need.
Health Insurance Navigation
United Way is committed to connecting Anchorage residents to quality affordable health insurance coverage. In-person assisters (Healthcare Navigators) are available to help you and your loved ones enroll in Affordable Care Act Health Insurance through the Marketplace or in Denali Care – Alaska’s Medicaid program.
United Way Healthcare Navigators can provide free and confidential assistance with:
- Finding the right Marketplace healthcare plan for you and your family
- Applying for coverage at HealthCare.gov, including applying for financial assistance (premium tax credits)
- Renewing or updating your current plan
- Medicaid and Denali KidCare enrollment
Open Enrollment for 2018 is now closed.
However, a Qualifying Life Event – a change in your situation like getting married, having a baby or losing health coverage – could make you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period, allowing you to enroll in health insurance outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period.
Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 to talk to a United Way Healthcare Navigator or to schedule an appointment to learn more.
Access to Dental Care
United Way of Anchorage is working with local and statewide agencies and organizations, and with your support, is bringing dental care where it is most needed in our community.
From the recent UAA Alaska Dental Days and Alaska Mission of Mercy, to exploring ways to support dental needs at nursing homes and schools, we are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to dental care.
The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership is working with United Way to help people get medicine they otherwise might not be able to afford.
Because of this partnership, Anchorage residents have free prescription drug savings cards. This translates into real impact:
- Since 2009, Anchorage residents have saved over $3 million dollars on their prescription drugs.
Alcohol overuse is the top health issue for Alaskans. United Way is partnering with this coalition working to reduce the harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption in Alaska through systemic change. The focus is on long-term improvements that will increase understanding about the effects of excessive alcohol use, change social norms, and improve access to information about treatment.