Medical Resources Guide




MaineCare

MaineCare is a health care program for people who cannot otherwise afford quality health care.
Contact Maine Department of Health & Human Services to find out if you're eligible for MaineCare.
List of (DHHS) Offices in Maine

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/DHSaddresses.htm

MaineCare (Medicaid) and other health care information from Maine Equal Justice Project:
http://www.mejp.org/health/index_html

MaineCare for Workers with Disabilities - This is a page of the Bureau of Elder and Adult Services where you can find information about how to go back to work, or work more hours, and still keep your MaineCare benefits. http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/beas/work/

MaineCare Overview - Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/bms/

Consumer Assistance HelpLine (1-800-965-7476)
Free assistance, primarily in identifying health coverage assistance resources, or in navigating state-sponsored health coverage assistance programs. A service provided by Consumers for Affordable Health Care Foundation.
http://www.mainecahc.org/foundation/default.htm


Dirigo Health

Dirigo Health is a State insurance program for people who work in small business or are self-employed.

Dirigo Health Information:

http://www.dirigohealth.maine.gov/


Medicare

Medicare is a Health Insurance Program for people 65 years of age and older, some disabled people under 65 years of age, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure treated with dialysis or a transplant).

Medicare Maine
http://www.state.me.us/dhhs/beas/resource/medicare.htm
A overview on Medicare.

Note: Medicare eligibility begins 24 months after you first receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Maine State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
http://www.state.me.us/dhhs/beas/hiap/purpose.htm
The Maine State Health Insurance Assistance Program offers guidance to Medicare beneficiaries and advice about other health insurance programs such as Medicare supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance and MaineCare (Medicaid). This is free information, counseling, and assistance for all Maine citizens.


People With Disabilities Who Return To Work
Medical Benefits

Medicaid Buy-In Option
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/beas/work/
Disabled workers can apply for coverage through Medicaid at a reduced rate.


Prescription Drug Programs

A Guide to Prescription Drug Assistance in Maine
This booklet is a guide for older people and adults with disabilities who need help paying for prescription drugs. In addition to information about programs in Maine, other resources such as consumer buying tips and where to get help in your community are included.
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/beas/medbook.htm

Medicare-approved Drug Discount Card
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/beas/medicare_drugs.htm


Mental Health Resources In Maine

Maine's Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services (BDS)
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/bh/index.html
The state agency in Maine that oversees mental health programs. This site has information on adult and children services, substance abuse services, hospitals and facilities, as well as regional state offices of the BDS.

Links to Mental Health Resources in Maine and Nationally
http://mentalhealth.about.com/library/us/blmaine.htm

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
An incredibly comprehensive resource for Mental Health Legal Information.
http://www.bazelon.org/

NAMI Maine
NAMI Maine is a statewide organization providing information, referral, education and support to adults and children with mental illness and their families, and is the official Maine affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
http://www.nami.org/MSTemplate.cfm?MicrositeID=186


HIV/AIDS/STD Resources in Maine

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and Sexually Transmitted Disease(s) (STD) resources in Maine.

AIDS Toll-Free Telephone Numbers in Maine
http://www.mehivcpg.org/statecontacts.html#community


Health & Assisted Home Services

Home Care, Assisted Living and Nursing Facilities Care
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/beas/health.htm living services in Maine.


Legal Assistance

Pine Tree Legal Assistance -- Health Care Issues
http://www.ptla.org/healthindex.htm
Pine Tree Legal provides legal representation to income eligible clients. This webpage is an overview on general information.

Maine Equal Justice Project -- Health Care Issues
http://www.mejp.org/health/index_html
Maine Equal Justice Project is an organization which advocates for the rights of low-income people who have been treated unfairly in public programs.

Consumer Health Law Program (1-800-838-0388)
Free legal assistance, primarily for people in disputes with their private insurance company. A service provided by Consumers for Affordable Health Care Foundation.
http://www.mainecahc.org/foundation/
consumerhealthlawproject.htm


Other Health Care Resources

The Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. works to enable the people of Aroostook to achieve greater economic independence and dignity, and provides leadership to the community in responding to changing human needs. http://www.acap-me.org/HEALTH_1st/health_1st.html

CarePartners - This organization has locations throughout Maine and provides access to health care for people with limited incomes. (877) 883-1797

Catholic Charities Elderly & Disabled Services"We are especially concerned with the needs of lower income adults who are isolated by location or health. We administer programs to help them lead productive lives and maintain contact with the world around them."
http://www.ccmaine.org/info.php?info_id=35

Community Concepts Inc. offers a variety of social services that promote self-sufficiency within the people of the communities of Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties of Maine. http://www.community-concepts.org/counseling/counseling.htm

Community Counseling Center Involves individuals, couples, and families in a process of understanding themselves and each other on issues including interpersonal relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, and teen pregnancy. (Portland) http://www.commcc.org/index.html

Crisis and Counseling Centers, Inc. - 24-hour mobile, walk-in and residential crisis service and Outpatient mental health, substance abuse and dual-diagnosis counseling service for adults, children, adolescents and families. 1-888-568-1112 (24 hour crisis intervention) 1-800-264-9224 (GEAR Parents Network for parents of special needs children)

Eastern Maine Healthcare - This is a network of healthcare agencies throughout central, eastern, and northern Maine. The site includes a physician finder and an online library of resources related to health concerns.
http://www.emh.org/

Maine Health - MaineHealth is a network of healthcare agencies and hospitals. The site has a directory of the doctors in their network, information about target diseases (diabetes, asthma, etc.), listing of long-term care and home health agencies. http://www.mainehealth.org/

Maine's Health Care Facilities
http://licert.dhs.state.me.us/pgGenSearch.asp

Penquis Community Action Program was created to bring locally developed solutions to the multifaceted problems faced by the poor. http://www.penquis.org/

United Way of Mid-Coast Maine - Places to go in Bath - Brunswick Area http://www.curtislibrary.com/firstcall.htm#healthmisc

Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) is a social service agency that has been providing services for over 35 years to people living in the Franklin, Androscoggin and Oxford counties of the western mountain region of Maine. The majority of our services are designed to assist low to moderate income people. http://www.wmca.org/





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