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Alaska Natives

Among the 2.4 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) living in the United States, nearly 200,000 are over the age of 65. One in five AI/AN seniors lives at or below the Federal poverty level—more than double the rate for seniors of all races as a whole. Linguistic, geographic, and cultural isolation mean that many states find it hard to enroll eligible AI/AN seniors into benefits programs. In Alaska, strong community partnerships and a comprehensive strategy of engaging tribes has allowed the state to overcome these barriers—and can provide a model for effective benefits outreach and enrollment to other states with significant AI/AN populations. Read More.