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Maine medical programs for uninsured patients.

Find medical care in Maine for people who are uninsured or whose health insurance policy is limited. The state, federal government, and other partner organizations provide assistance to those who can't afford their medical bills and/or who can't obtain health insurance plans from other sources. The primary resources that are available are listed below. Each program will have qualifications that need to be met by applicants, including income limits.

Several medical needs can be addressed. Some of the services are focused on children or seniors. Others on people who lost their insurance due to unemployment. Programs can provide families in Maine with free screenings, medications, or check ups. Discounts or sliding fee scales may be in place too.

So regardless of the reason why you are uninsured, whether a job loss or a currently limit policy, the state and/or its partners may be able to assist.

Children with Special Health Needs can assist qualified children with needs such as Early and Periodic Screening, Birth Defects; Cleft Lip & Palate; Newborn Bloodspot Screening, Comprehensive Genetic Services, Diagnosis & Treatment Program for children under 21. Call 800-698-3624.

Katie Beckett Option Program is a non-profit organization that helps facilitate free or low cost health care for uninsured children in Maine with serious health conditions. It operates nationally and can assist with a number of needs. Call the program at 800-977-6740.

DEL, or Low Cost Drugs for Elderly and Disabled, is a state and non-profit funded prescription drug rebate program for uninsured elderly and disabled residents. While terms will vary, it can provide up to a 80% discount for generic and brand-name medications. If your prescription is not covered, then a supplemental benefit covers other drugs and this is done in partnership with participating suppliers and pharmacies. 866-796-2463

The Maine ADAP, or AIDS Drug Assistance Program, can help patients receive federal government FDA approved HIV/AIDS related medications at no cost to them. 800-821-5821.




Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP) is free testing and screening for under or uninsured women. It can help with conditions such as pelvic exams, mammograms, Pap tests, and it will also coordinate limited follow-up services if needed. A number of female specific needs are addressed. Call 800-350-5180 for information.

Maine Consumer Information and Technology Training Exchange can loan disabled residents technology devices and medical equipment. Phone number is 207-621-3195. Another similar option is the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program, which is for people with a hearing loss. This resource can be reached at 800-639-3884. Last, but not least, the Adaptive Equipment Loan Fund will offer low interest loans to patients who are uninsured and that need equipment for a disability. Phone number to call is 800-640-7200.

The Bridge Program can help individuals as they wait for the federal Health Coverage Tax Credit. The state will pay up to 72.5% of your health insurance premium for at most 3 months. Call 207-623-7981 for more information on this so called gap filler program, which is for families that lost their jobs and health insurance coverage.

One on the primary prescription drug discount programs is known as Maine Rx Plus. A 10 to 60% savings can be provided to participants, and it can even be combined with Drugs for Elderly & Disabled and RX Plus. Call 866-796-2463.

Medicaid is provided by the state as part of MaineCare. It is federal and state provided health care coverage for children that are under age 19, entire families, pregnant women, disabled adults, senior citizens, and other low income and poor adults. It pay a number of medical bills and provides for services such as vision & eyeglasses, dental care, well checkups, well checkups, doctor visits, and more. The program can be reached at 800-977-6740.

Low-Cost Health Insurance for Children is available. It will provide them with comprehensive medical coverage as part of MaineCare. It can pay for standard bills that result from doctor visits, prescriptions, immunizations, mental health, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, lab/x-ray, vision and hearing services, dental services and more. Telephone number is 877-543-7669.




MaineCare Option for Workers with Disabilities can be an option for more moderate income people who income is too high for government programs such as Medicaid. Coverage may be offered for a minimal fee, sometimes as low as $20 per month. If your income is low enough then coverage may be free. 888-208-8700.

The MSP Medicare Savings Program has a few components, including QMB, SLMB, and QDWI. It can help pay for Part A and B premiums, copays, deductibles and maybe other costs as well. Phone number is 800-262-2232

The state of Maine Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan is for individuals or families that have been denied insurance due to a serious medical condition or some type of pre-existing issue. It is only for US citizens that have been uninsured for at least 6 months. Other conditions apply too. It provides people with a number of medical services and care, including medications, physicals, screenings, sick care and more. Dial 877-892-8391.

Low income and uninsured children can get free vaccines from VFC. Local clinics, health centers, and the state all receive medications from the federal government. These groups then distribute the medications and vaccines to students, teenagers, and children from low income and poor families in Maine. They also can't have health insurance at the time of applying. The medications can even help with the flu during the winter. There may be some minimal fees involved with this resource. 207-287-8128.




By Jon McNamara

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