Finding and promoting access to health care resources and options is a vital part of the NMPHI mission.
MaineCare rules have changed, and there are now free and low-cost health coverage options for more people in Maine.
MaineCare provides low-cost and free health insurance to Mainers who meet certain requirements, usually based on household income. MaineCare covers doctor visits, emergencies, substance use disorder treatment, prescription drugs, and more.
There are several ways to apply for MaineCare: Online, by mail, and in person.
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The comprehensive health care reform law enacted in 2010, also know as the Affordable Care Act, has 3 primary goals:
- Make affordable health insurance available to more people. The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for households with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.
- Expand the Medicaid program to cover all adults with income below 138% of the federal poverty level. (Not all states have expanded their Medicaid programs.)
- Support innovative medical care delivery methods designed to lower the costs of health care generally.
From the website of Maine Equal Justice Partners…
In November 2017, Maine voters passed a law requiring our state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In Maine, the Medicaid program is known as MaineCare. Nearly 70,000 Maine people were newly eligible for MaineCare beginning July 2, 2018. Individuals with incomes up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Limit are eligible for MaineCare. People who are pregnant and those ages 19-20 are eligible at higher income levels.