MaineCare Expansion

MaineCare rules have changed, and there are now free and low-cost health coverage options for more people in Maine.

MaineCare (Medicaid) Update: March 2, 2020

As of today, 45,049 people are currently enrolled through MaineCare expansion, including 37,064 adults without children and 7,985 parents and caretaker relatives.

Our estimate for the number of expansion members we will ultimately have enrolled in MaineCare on a monthly basis will naturally vary depending on factors such as the unemployment rate, wage growth, and demographic trends. Other states have generally seen growth in their monthly expansion numbers flatten out after 12 to 18 months. Maine's strong economy means fewer low-income adults have been eligible for expansion (and for MaineCare generally), so our growth trend has been lower than initially anticipated. However, we do project continued growth beyond July 2020, particularly given that DHHS plans another comprehensive outreach campaign in Fall 2020. Anecdotally, continued improvements to our MaineCare application process and recertification systems, currently underway, will enhance the user experience and could assist with enrollment over time.