COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)

COVID-19 Testing, Treatment, and Vaccines for Members

Does MaineCare cover COVID-19 testing?

Yes, MaineCare covers COVID-19 treatment and COVID-19 at-home tests or tests at the pharmacy with no cost to members. For more detail, see the COVID-19 At-Home Tests and Kits (PDF) - April 24, 2023.

Are COVID-19 vaccines covered by MaineCare?

Yes, MaineCare covers COVID-19 vaccines. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to schedule an appointment to get a vaccine.

COVID-19 PHE Historical Information for Members

End of the Public Health Emergency (PHE)

The federal DHHS declared the Public Health Emergency (PHE) ended on May 11, 2023. Starting May 12, 2023, there were changes to how you accessed health care services as things went back to how they were before the PHE. For more information about what changed back to how it used to be, see the End of the PHE Member Letter (PDF) - April 19, 2023.

We have translated the End of the PHE Member Letter (PDF) into the following languages:

al arabiya) العربية | français | ភាសាខ្មែរ (bhāsā khmɛ̄r) | kiswahili

中国人 | português | af Soomaali | español/castellano | tiếng việt (㗂越)

COVID-19 Vaccines, Tests, and Treatment

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are covered by MaineCare with no cost to members. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, see the Getting Vaccinated for COVID-19 (PDF) - Updated May 5, 2023.

Transportation to COVID-19 Services

Does MaineCare cover transportation to COVID-19 appointments?

Yes, MaineCare members can get transportation to get a COVID-19 vaccine, booster, test, or treatment. For more information see the Transportation and COVID-19 Questions and Answers (PDF) - Updated July 15, 2022

Coverage for the Uninsured 

Does MaineCare cover COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccines for uninsured people?

MaineCare testing, treatment, and vaccine coverage for people who do not have health insurance ended on May 11, 2023 with the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). If your coverage ended, you received a letter, text, or email from the Office for Family Independence. This letter gave you options for health coverage. You can also apply for full MaineCare online through My Maine Connection.

For more information, see the COVID-19 Coverage for Uninsured Individuals (PDF) - April 27, 2023.

Emergency MaineCare 

Does MaineCare cover COVID-19 emergency treatment?

After May 11, 2023, MaineCare covers COVID-19 treatment if you have Emergency MaineCare only if your healthcare provider determines that it is necessary as part of treating a medical emergency. Emergency treatment for COVID-19 is covered at no cost.This benefit does not cover vaccines. For more information, see the Emergency MaineCare and COVID-19 Services (PDF) - May 12, 2023.

We have translated the Emergency MaineCare and COVID-19 Services (PDF) into the following languages" 

al arabiya) العربية français | ភាសាខ្មែរ (bhāsā khmɛ̄r) | kiswahili | 

中国人 | português | af Soomaali | español/castellano | tiếng việt (㗂越)

Who is eligible for Emergency MaineCare? 

Individuals who are not citizens of the United States and do not have documentation with Homeland Security may receive emergency services. For more information about Emergency Services, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document (PDF).

Older Member Information

See the MaineCare Changes to Improve Members' Access to Healthcare Services (PDF) for ways we tried to make sure you receive the services you need during the PHE. - Updated April 24, 2023.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Shots for Six Months and Older (PDF) - February 6, 2023

MaineCare members will not be charged for Monoclonal Antibody Treatment if you are eligible for it. For more information about this treatment, see the Monoclonal Treatment for COVID-19 Questions and Answers (PDF) - Updated November 29, 2022

Information about COVID-19 Vaccines Member Letter: Youth Ages Six Months and Older (PDF) - Updated August 4, 2022

MaineCare's Pharmacy Services and Coronavirus: Questions and Answers for Members (PDF). - March 23, 2020

MaineCare's Pharmacy Services and Coronavirus: Questions and Answers for Members (PDF). - March 23, 2020

Other Resources

Provider COVID-19 PHE Historical Information

Starting May 12, 2023, some billing flexibilities and how MaineCare members access health care services reverted to how they were administered prior to the declaration of the PHE. The documents and links below are available for historical reference so please be aware of the publication dates.

Provider-specific guidance is also available on the federal CDC's Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

Covid Testing, Treatment, and Vaccines

General Guidance

Federal Approvals

Behavioral Health

Long Term Care Services and Supports