Although Alaska has no specific legislation defining medical home, the Alaska Health Care Commision was established by the Legislature in 2010 under Alaska Statute 18.09.010. The Commission is charged with implementing policies that will improve the health and health care for all Alaskans. One of the "Core Strategies" recommended by the Commission is to "Strengthen the role of primary care providers, and give patients and their clinicians better tools for making health care decisions." Included in this strategy are payment to primary care providers for complex care management, care coordination and behavioral health integration.  

In 2011, the Alaska Legislature approved a capital grant to support transition to the PCMH model for three community health centers in Alaska: Alaska Island Community Services in Wrangell, Sunshine Health Clinic in Talkeetna, and Bethel Family Clinic and efforts are underway to launch a subsequent PMCH pilot program. In January 2014, the Alaska Primary Care Association released a request for health care providers to participate in the Alaska Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (AK-PCMH-I). The AK-PCMH-I is a 5-year, statewide, multi-stakeholder program to assist practices in transforming to a PCMH model of care, slated to begin in July 2014. 

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State Facts:

Uninsured Population:
Total Medicaid Spending FY 2013: 
$1.4 Billion 
Overweight/Obese Adults:
Poor Mental Health among Adults: 
Medicaid Expansion: 
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