Contract Health Services
Eligibility for care
Verification of eligibility for Indian Health Service (IHS) and Contract Health Services (CHS) is required to receive care at ANMC and other tribal facilities. Eligibility is verified with a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Alaska residency is essential for CHS payment. Non-residents of Alaska are eligible for direct care from IHS only while in Alaska.
CHS must be notified within 72 hours of the start of emergency services by calling 1-800-478-1636 or 729-2470. If the service is not an emergency, authorization is required before the service is started. Only emergency care is approved for payment outside of Alaska while temporarily on vacation or business. All available IHS facilities must be utilized instead of private facilities. After moving from Alaska, emergency care is covered for 180 days.
Student CHS service card
Verification of eligibility for Indian Health Services (IHS) and Contract Health Services (CHS) is required. Students must provide a letter from the school or college that they are attending which shows that they are full-time students. CHS must be notified within 72 hours of the start of emergency services. If the service is not an emergency, authorization is required before the service is started. Dental Care questions should be called to the Alaska Area Native Health Services: Dental branch at (907) 729-3641. Eligible dependents may receive this same coverage as long as their sponsor is a full-time student.
Magnet Status is the gold standard for patient care.