Heating Assistance Supplements Issued

Submitted by Debbie McDonald on June 29, 2009 - 4:11pm

On June 26, the Heating Assistance Program (HAP) issued supplement payments to vendors for every household that received heating assistance this past winter. These supplements were made possible thanks to the legislators who authorized $9 million in heating assistance this past legislative session. These payments will allow households to pay down any balances they have from this past winter and/or prepare for the coming season. Some households will even be able to start the winter with oil in their tanks. Notices were sent to households and vendors informing them of the amount of the award.

Successfully Navigating to Awesome Performance!

Submitted by Clay Butcher on April 23, 2009 - 2:53pm

The salmon have been swimming along for several months now and we now have some feedback for the months of October and November 2008. So far 4 of our salmon are off to a very good start, with three of them swimming at 100% and several more not far behind. However, with two months reflected in the sample thus far, our salmons’ keen sense of direction doesn’t appear to be quite fully developed.

Economic Stimulus Law and Public Assistance Programs

Submitted by Debbie McDonald on March 27, 2009 - 2:13pm
Broadcast to All DPA Staff and DPA State Associates From the Policy & Program Development Team The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as the Economic Stimulus bill) provides temporary financial support to unemployed workers and low income families. Here is how some of the provisions will impact our public assistance programs. We continue to receive guidance and clarifications from our federal oversight agencies and will keep you posted as we learn more.

Rising Excellence in DPA!

Submitted by Clay Butcher on March 25, 2009 - 3:05pm

Each and every one of us in the Division of Public Assistance work incredibly hard and deal with a vast assortment of complicated situations and issues. Your hard work and dedication makes a huge difference in the lives of the people we serve every day. Our Rising Excellence campaign for FFY 2008 is just one example of our demonstrated commitment to quality service.

New 2009 Alaska Federal Poverty Guidelines

Submitted by Clay Butcher on March 16, 2009 - 10:05am

New federal poverty guidelines for Alaska are effective March 1, 2009. These increase the income standards used to determine eligibility for the following Medicaid categories:

• Denali KidCare for children and pregnant women;
• Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB);
• Special Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB and SLMB Plus);
• Transitional Medicaid;

2-1-1 Flyers in DPA Offices

Submitted by Clay Butcher on March 3, 2009 - 3:50pm

2-1-1 flyers will soon be available in all DPA offices. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to free information about critical health and human services available in their community. Until 2-1-1, there was no single, comprehensive statewide provider of information and referral for Alaskans.

Schooling Up for 2009 with the SNAP Salmon Challenge

Submitted by Clay Butcher on December 23, 2008 - 2:41pm

From: Mary Riggen-Ver, Chief, Program Integrity and Analysis

Just a couple more months of the Preliminary Swim remain before we see some indication of how our salmon are starting out on their Successful Navigation to Awesome Performance. While some of you may be excited about this, others may be asking what on earth salmon have to do with program accuracy. The answer to that is nothing really. However, we are known world-wide for our wild Alaska salmon, and our state fish is the king salmon. So what better way to ride out the waves to awesome performance than with our winning Alaskan salmon?

SNAP Salmon Preliminary Swim

Submitted by Clay Butcher on November 13, 2008 - 10:46am

Successfully Navigating to Awesome Performance with the SNAP Salmon Challenge!

2009 Accuracy Improvement Campaign

From: Mary Riggen-Ver, Chief, Program Integrity and Analysis

Our little SNAP salmon are now testing out the water in the “Preliminary Swim”. The Preliminary Swim reflects the first 9 months of FFY 2008 Food Stamp payment accuracy (October 2007 through June 2008). The plan to use a 4-month rolling average wasn’t feasible as some really large unrepresentative client caused errors occurred during those 4 months that skewed the data and inaccurately reflected our work. Our little salmon have been struggling a bit lately as they try to figure out how to navigate. Our FFY 2008 Food Stamp payment accuracy rate now stands at 92.8%, well below our 96% payment accuracy rate for FFY 2007.