Alaska Native Medical Center

Contract Health Services

What is Contract Health Services?

A benefit to Alaska Native and American Indian people, Contract Health Services (CHS) provides funding for referred medical services not available at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC). Following ANMC CHS’s policies and procedures may allow us to assist with the cost of medical services received from non-ANMC facilities and providers.

What is the referral process For Routine Scheduled Care?

  • Visit your primary care provider and if necessary, they will refer you to ANMC.
  • An ANMC provider initiates all referrals.
  • All patients are screened for Medicaid, Medicare or private health insurance. If eligible, CHS will help patients apply.
  • ANMC specialty clinic services [PDF]

What is the referral process for emergency medical care outside of Alaska?

In an emergency: Seek medical attention first and then notify CHS as soon as possible, ideally within three days. Anyone acting on behalf of the patient can make the call. Coverage for those traveling outside of Alaska is limited to emergent medical care. Emergency medical coverage is provided for:

  • People moving outside Alaska (180 days maximum) other than residents of Tanana Chiefs Conference, Ketchikan Indian Community, Metlakatla Indian Community or SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.
  • Travelers, temporarily outside Alaska, other than residents of Tanana Chiefs Conference, Ketchikan Indian Community, Metlakatla Indian Community or SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.
  • Full-time students and legal dependents, other than residents of Tanana Chiefs Conference, Ketchikan Indian Community or Metlakatla Indian Community.

If you have any questions call ANMC CHS at (907) 729-2470 or toll free 1-800-478-1636.

Examples of services not covered by ANMC CHS:

  • Medical services (including follow-up appointments) provided by a non-ANMC health care provider that has not been referred by an ANMC physician and authorized by CHS.
  • Obstetric deliveries at private hospitals not referred by an ANMC physician and authorized by CHS.
  • Inpatient or outpatient mental health services.
  • Inpatient or outpatient substance abuse programs.
  • Second opinions.
  • Medical care considered investigational or experimental.
  • Nursing home or long-term care facilities.
  • Routine and emergent dental services.
  • Services from non-ANMC facilities if an Indian Health Service facility or Tribal Health Facility was open and available to provide the needed care.
  • Medical services received in other Alaska CHS service areas, such as Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, Kenai, Homer, Kodiak, Seward, Ketchikan, Valdez, Palmer, Wasilla, etc., unless authorized by ANMC CHS. Contact the respective CHS program for that area for assistance.

Who is eligible?

  • Alaska Native and American Indians who are Alaska residents for 180 days immediately prior to the date of service and with the intent to remain in Alaska indefinitely.
  • Alaska Natives and American Indians must meet ANMC’s eligibility policy requirements.
  • Non-Indian women pregnant with an eligible Alaska Native or American Indian child.
  • Children of an eligible Alaska Native or American Indian, including non-Indian foster children, adopted children, stepchildren, legal wards or orphans, until the age of nineteen.

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Main: (907) 729-2470
Toll free:
(800) 478-1636

Physical Address:
4141 Ambassador Dr #148
Anchorage, AK 99508
Mailing Address:
4315 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508