Maine health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Border State
How healthy is living in Maine? It climbed one spot to 9th in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- This year's findings indicate that overall health in Maine is likely to improve in coming years.
- Most people in Maine have health insurance.
The bad news:
- Funding for public health decreased slightly in the past year.
- The number of children in poverty has increased by nearly 6 percentage points in the past 10 years.
Maine's best and worst category rankings:
- Violent Crime – 1st
- Low Birth Weight – 3rd
- Lack of Health Insurance – 5th
- Poor Mental Health Days – 34th
- Poor Physical Health Days – 38th
- Cancer Deaths – 40th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Maine.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Maine health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Maine here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Maine, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Maine have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Maine started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.
Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.
Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.
In the best cases, they allowed people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.