Home care: Where to find It
MaineCare is a federal-state program that pays for medical services provided to eligible people by physicians, hospitals, or other healthcare providers. If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you are automatically eligible for MaineCare. (SSI is a program that provides a monthly minimum income for people who are at least 65, or blind or disabled with limited income and resources. To find out if you qualify for SSI, call your nearest Social Security Office.)
If you receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) help (formerly known as AFDC), you are also automatically eligible for MaineCare.
If you are not in either of these programs but have a hard time paying for medical care, you may still be eligible for MaineCare.
There are two kinds of eligibility for MaineCare. You must be both financially and medically eligible to get help for care in a nursing home and for some kinds of care at home.
For more information, contact your Department of Health and Human Services regional office.