Good afternoon everyone!
What’s Happenin’: The Change and Innovation Agency (C!A) has completed site assessments for our offices in Kenai, Fairbanks, Coastal Field, Ketchikan, MatSu and Gambell. The field site assessment for Juneau will occur in December. The preliminary observations by the assessment teams indicate great work is being done by agency staff, a tremendous spirit to serve Alaska's most vulnerable residents, and a positive approach overall. There are obvious "best practices" in many locations and the C!A associates continue to be amazed by the ingenuity of the staff, the commitment to clients and the "can-do” attitude.
Good afternoon! I just wanted to provide a quick update on the Business Process Redesign (BPR) efforts. Yes, we are continuing to move forward with the initial activities (aka—assessment and process discovery of how we are currently doing our work). To date, site assessments have been conducted at the Kenai, Coastal Field, Fairbanks, and Ketchikan offices with Mat-Su and Gambell slated for next week and Juneau for mid-December. The Change and Innovation Agency (C!A) personnel reported that without exception, the interviews with staff at all sites has been insightful and professional.
The Division of Public Assistance is moving along steadily with development to replace our aging eligibility system as well as to manage an increasing number of applications for public services such as for Medicaid and SNAP. The new eligibility system is known as ARIES and the acronym stands for Alaska’s Resource for Integrated Eligibility Services.
We would like to share some good news on DPA’s continuing improvements toward serving Alaskans better. Alaska transitioned to become a Determination state on November 1, 2015. This move will increase state efficiencies and expedite processing of MAGI Medicaid applications received from the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM). This change affects how applications are received from Marketplace (http://healthcare.gov) into the Division of Public Assistance ARIES system