Sociodemographic and Health Status Characteristics of Maine’s Newly Eligible Medicaid Beneficiaries

This data brief developed by MeHAF and the University of Southern Maine explores Maine’s newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries. The report discusses the sociodemographic aspects of the new population, including current health status, age, and locations.

Access to Health Care Services for Adults in Maine

This data brief developed by MeHAF and the University of Southern Maine that found ongoing inequality in the ability of people in Maine to get quality health care. The report examines data from 2014-2016 and shows that Maine people, of all income groups, report difficulties in paying medical costs. Research has also found the ability to seek timely and appropriate health care is impacted by income levels, educational background, race, and ethnicity.

Low-Income, Uninsured Mainers Face Substantial Challenges Getting Health Care

This data brief from MeHAF and the University of Southern Maine highlights the access to care challenges faced by Maine people with lower incomes who do not have health insurance.  Focusing on adults age 18 – 64 with incomes below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (in 2018, about $22,715 per year for a family of two), the report shows that people without insurance have trouble finding doctors, getting appointments, and paying for care.  Of most concern is the high number of individuals who went without, or delayed, care, or who were unable to purchase necessary prescriptions.

Maine Rural Health Innovations Briefs

This series of briefs was produced in conjunction with the Maine Rural Health Research Center to describe robust and innovative models and strategies from Maine and other parts of the country related to the areas of health finance and payment, governance, workforce, and service delivery that have the potential to be replicated or adapted here in Maine.

Charting a Pathway Forward: Redesigning and Realigning Supports and Services for Maine’s Older Adults

Charting a Pathway Forward profiles older people in Maine, including socio-demographic factors , health status and long term services and supports needs – presenting both current data and future projections, then outlines the long term services and support systems and programs currently in place and the funding streams used to pay for those services. The report identifies a range of opportunities and potential avenues for improving upon the current structure and also highlights the critical importance of state policy decisions in shaping the current and future outlook.

This report was prepared by the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

Mental Health Status and Access to Health Care Services for Adults in Maine

Access to health care services is critically important to individuals’ health and well-being, yet Maine residents’ ability to obtain needed health care or maintain an ongoing relationship with a personal doctor are not uniform across different population groups. In Maine, access to care may be affected by factors such as financial resources, education, age, race/ethnicity, and other characteristics. Individuals with mental health conditions or poorer mental health status may be at heightened risk of access barriers because of more limited financial resources or other challenges in obtaining needed services. Using the Maine Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for the years 2012-2014, this brief examines disparities in access to health care services for Maine adults based on self-reported mental health status.

Maine Rural Health Profiles

Maine Rural Health Profiles offers a detailed look at the status of rural health and the rural health system, both statewide and in each of the state’s 16 counties. Prepared by the Maine Rural Health Research Center, the report provides critical data and information to apprise stakeholders and inform conversations about developing a more sustainable, high-performing rural health system for Maine’s rural communities.

Maine Rural Health Profiles uses a combination of narrative and maps to discuss and illustrate both the degree of rurality in each county and how the data reported reflect rural health challenges and opportunities. The report is based on existing secondary data and includes data published by the Maine Shared Health Needs Assessment & Planning Process (SHNAPP) and the County Health Rankings.

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