Medicare Counseling Services – SHIP/SMP

Our Medicare Counseling and Outreach program includes:

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) funds personalized counseling, education and outreach to Medicare beneficiaries and their families

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program funds education for Medicare beneficiaries and others on how to spot and report potential Medicare errors, fraud, waste and abuse.

SHIP and SMP grants are programs under the Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Our Fairbanks office has certified Medicare counselors who can help answer questions about Medicare benefits and enrollment.

To make an appointment call: 907-479-7940

Home Modifications

Access Alaska utilizes a variety of funding sources to construct accessibility modifications, such as ramps and grab bars, to remove barriers and make homes and communities more accessible.

Loan Closet

Our loan closet provides assistive technology and adaptive equipment (e.g. wheelchairs, transfer benches, magnifiers, hospital beds, commodes, walkers, grab bars) to individuals with disabilities to increase their safety and independence in their homes and the community.

Over 250 Alaskans use this service annually; many of them are low income and do not have the funds available to purchase the equipment nor does their health care insurance (private or public) cover the items.  Contact us at 907-263-1913 or 907-263-1914.

ATBI Case Management

Access Alaska assists Alaskans with Acquired Traumatic Brain Injury (ATBI) to achieve the highest possible level of Independent Living and community participation by providing ATBI-specific, person-centered case management services.

Our goal is to provide positive outcomes in areas such as social/relationships, employment, education, medical and building sustainable support networks.

As with our other services, the ATBI Case Management services will be carried out in a wrap-around, person-centered fashion in concert with Access Alaska’s Independent Living philosophy of consumer control, choice and empowerment.

Other Information:

Fairbanks – Wall Busters Advocacy Group

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Second and fourth Mondays of the month, 1:00 – 2:30pm at Access Alaska – Fairbanks [map]

Our Mission: To educate and advocate for the removal of barriers to independence for people with disabilities.

Call Art or Cassie at Access Alaska 479-7940 for information or to inquire about transportation.

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Independent Wellness

Access Alaska’s Independent Wellness mental health service coordination program serves adults with Serous Mental Illness (SMI) in the Anchorage and Fairbanks regions.

Consumers served by the Independent Wellness Program (IWP) service providers achieve great success using a case management delivery approach that offers a clear alternative to the traditional mental health center model.

Access Alaska’s IWP service providers deliver case management and skill building in the community to adults who desire control over the development of their treatment plan and services delivered.  The IWP is funded primarily through Medicaid and Independent Living grant dollars.  Each consumer is assigned a case manager who works along-side the person to facilitate a higher quality of life through overcoming any obstacle to living independently.  IWP service providers assist consumers served to achieve greater connectedness to their communities and the program uses a best-practices approach to achieve a maximized effective outcome.

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Personal Care Assistant Services

Personal care assistant services puts you in charge of your personal care, Access Alaska provides supports and takes care of the paperwork and details

As a consumer-directed personal care service program we deliver services to people with disabilities who are Medicaid eligible. The Personal care assistant program assists older Alaskans and people with disabilities in meeting their individual health and personal care needs by offering them consumer control in the direct provision of their care. Consumers receiving services must be capable of managing their own care or have a Limited Power of Attorney handle that responsibility for them. Consumers may hire, train and supervise whomever they choose to deliver their care (some restrictions do apply).

Being a consumer-directed program, care providers must be hired by a person with a disability enrolled in this program.

Self pay care assistants are also available.

Other Information:

Access Alaska ‘competes’ with many other Personal Care Services, most of which are for profit companies. What makes us different? Our ‘profits’ go back into the community, providing services for Alaska’s Elders and those who experience a disability. We believe in choice and making an informed decision on who provides you with care so please research your options. For a complete list of Alaska’s providers:

  • PCA Providers List – Access Alaska provides Consumer-Directed PCA Program (CDPCA) – Each consumer may manage his or her own care by selecting, hiring, firing and supervising their own personal care assistant. The agency provides administrative support to the consumer and the personal care assistant.