The Maine health insurance landscape includes many avenues through which individuals and families may buy healthcare insurance plans. State residents without access to employer coverage can shop for health plans in the private off-exchange marketplace and through the federal marketplace exchange. Those who are eligible may apply for public health plans such as Medicaid and CHIP.
HealthCare.org offers state residents health insurance quotes for Obamacare individual insurance plans, as well as short term health insurance, small employer health plans and provides access to Medicaid information.
Maine and the Affordable Care Act
When the Affordable Care Act took effect and required most Americans to buy health insurance coverage, Maine elected to participate in the federally facilitated marketplace. When residents enroll in ACA-compliant health plans sold through the health insurance exchange, they can apply for income-based financial assistance that helps lower their monthly health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare.
Only marketplace plans are eligible for income-based premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies. Individuals and families can find both marketplace, on-exchange plans and private, off-exchange plans at HealthCare.org. For those who qualify for financial assistance, HealthCare.org will connect them to the right exchange to complete their enrollment.
The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) provides a way for employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees to offer healthcare benefits.
Medicaid expansion in Maine
While many states have expanded Medicaid to single, low-income adults since Obamacare took effect, Maine has not. Residents that want to apply for Medicaid must meet certain eligibility criteria set by the state.
The Maine Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides low-cost health insurance for eligible children.
Get free quotes on Maine health insurance plans from leading companies at HealthCare.org, and apply directly for healthcare coverage online.
According to America’s Health Rankings, Maine is the 20th healthiest states to live in 2014. There are few places better than this state to live and raise a family, as health care in Maine is not only highly accessible but also very efficient.
One of the biggest assets of Maine’s Health System is that it has been consistently improving in accessibility, continuously allowing more and more residents within the state to enjoy the health benefits that this state provides. With great access to health care and health insurance, Maine’s residents could not do much better than this.
Maine Bureau of Insurance
#34 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0034
Phone: (207) 624-8475
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
35 Anthony Avenue
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: (207) 624-8090