Health Shortage Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUAP)

The Primary Care Office (PCO) identifies Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUAP) for Maine. Through these shortage area designations, high-need sites can meet eligibility criteria for a number of federal and state assistance programs.

Rural Health and Primary Care works with the Shortage Designation Branch (SDB) of the Bureau of Health Professions to establish HPSA designations. Click here for more information about HPSA and MUAP criteria as well as a searchable database of federally designated HPSA and MUAP.

Health Professional Shortage Areas in Maine

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Visit the Federal HPSA Database External site for additional information.

Medically Underserved Areas/Populations

Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) may be a whole county or a group of contiguous counties, a group of county or civil divisions or a group of urban census tracts in which residents have a shortage of personal health services. Medically Underserved Populations (MUP) may include groups of persons who face economic, cultural or linguistic barriers to health care.

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Designation Process
Federal Health Professional Shortage Area Designation Process

For more information, contact:
Marc Coulombe