Alaska Senior Benefits Program: Eligibility and Benefits

Page Reviewed / Updated - Jan. 2017

Program Description

Alaska's Senior Benefits Program provides cash assistance to elderly state residents who have low-to-moderate income levels, and is administered by Alaska's Department of Health & Social Services' Division of Public Assistance. Unlike most state elderly assistance programs, it is not designed to provide assistance for any specific purpose, such as home care, adult day care, or home modifications. Instead, program participants are free to use the resources however they choose. It also differs from most elderly assistance programs in that the program is intended to help both frail and healthy seniors.

There is no requirement that beneficiaries live in their own home, only in the state of Alaska. Residents of assisted living communities in Alaska can also receive Senior Benefits. However, those in nursing homes or in Pioneer Homes (state subsidized assisted living) are not eligible.

 Alaska offers several other non-Medicaid programs to assist older individuals in meeting the challenges of aging.  Read about Senior Access, In-Home Services and Adult Day Services.

 

Eligibility Guidelines

Age - applicants must be at least 65 years of age.

Residency - applicants must be legal Alaska residents with a Social Security number. If an applicant does not have a Social Security number, there must be documentation showing he or she has applied for one.  

Income Limits - the income limits are revised annually and are based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The limit amounts, as of August of 2016, are shown in the Benefits section below. Income is defined as any money coming in that one is able to use to live and includes Social Security payments, pension payments, veteran’s benefits, alimony, etc.

Assets Limits – there are no asset limits.

 

Benefits and Services

The Senior Benefits Program provides payment directly to participating individuals. There are no restrictions on how the benefits may be spent. The table below shows the benefit amounts as of August of 2016. This budget is for the 2017 state fiscal year, which is from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. 

Alaska Senior Benefits Program 2017 Income Limits and Benefit Amounts (As of August 2016)
Individual Annual Income Limits Individual Monthly Benefit Amount Married Couple Income Limits Married Couple Monthly Benefit Amount
Under $11,130 $250 Under $15,015 $500
$11,130- $14,840 $175 $15,015- $20,020 $350
$14,840- $25,970 $76 $20,020- $35.035 $152

 

 

How to Apply / Learn More

To apply for Alaska’s Senior Benefits, one can contact the Senior Benefits Office directly by calling 1-888-352-4150 or 1-866-352-8539. Alternatively, an application can be downloaded here.

Program participants must file a renewal application annually as both the applicant's financial situation and the program's income limits can change. More information is available on this webpage.