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Collaborative State/Tribal Meetings:

The Department meets with the Alaska Native Health Board www.anhb.org twice a year in a forum called the MEGA meeting. The purpose of the meeting is for Department Division Directors and Tribal leaders to get together to discuss federal and state legislative priorities and initiatives.

The MEGA meeting designated a subgroup, the State/Tribal Medicaid Task Force (MTF), to focus specifically on programmatic and financial issues. The MTF is an effective alliance in which the state and tribes collaborate to resolve issues and discuss initiatives. The success of these meetings is due to good working relationships built on trust and mutual interest. Both parties also understand the importance of Medicaid funding to the health care of Alaska Natives and the value of the tribal health care system.

The state also has tribal TANF programs through the Division of Public Assistance and ICWA through the Office of Children’s Services.