Reports + Research

The State of Health in Maine: A 20-year Retrospective

August 2021

In acknowledgment of its 20th anniversary in 2020, the Maine Health Access Foundation collaborated with University of Southern Maine faculty and staff to prepare this review of health and health care access in Maine over the past 20 years. In addition to telling a story about Maine’s demographic and health care landscape, this document provides data to celebrate the state’s accomplishments and identify ongoing and emerging areas of health concern. Some challenges, such as health care affordability, reflect broad national trends as well as Maine-specific concerns. Other data points illustrate disproportionate access challenges experienced by certain members of our communities, including individuals with low income or mental health challenges; those working for small business; Black, Indigenous and other populations of color; and, sexual and gender minorities.

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Behavioral Health and Access to Care Among Adults in Maine

February 2021

This brief examines disparities in access to health care services and mental health treatment among Maine adults based on Maine Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data from years 2015-2017. The brief compares access to health care services and mental health treatment by self-reported measures of mental health status, specifically respondents’ experiences of depressive symptoms and mentally unhealthy days. In addition, the brief examines access to health care among individuals who report prescription drug misuse and heavy alcohol use.

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Key Findings and Recommendations from MeHAF’s 2020 Grantee and Applicant Perception Survey

February 2021

Roughly every five years MeHAF participates in a Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) Grantee and Application Perception Survey. The survey allows MeHAF applicants and grantees the opportunity to give anonymous feedback about their experiences working at every stage of the grant process with MeHAF.

The 2020 report highlights a number of successes as well as opportunities for growth.  We were pleased by the overall positive perception of MeHAF as a funder and the positive response to our expanding unrestricted grantmaking. We will also work to respond to suggestions around restructuring our approach to evaluation and deepening our understanding of grantee organizations and communities.

If there are questions about the results feel free to contact us.

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Re-imagining Residential Care “Think Group”

December 2020

A Think Group convened by the Maine Health Access Foundation over the course of the past year was tasked with creating a new vision for residential care supporting older adults and individuals with physical disabilities. The group articulated a vision for residential care that includes the following attributes: autonomy for individuals and safety for all, person-centered supports based on individual needs and preferences, home-like environments with private and shared spaces, actual and virtual connections to the community, inclusion of persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, quality measures that reflect what is important to residents, and continuity and stability as a result of staff retention.

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

September 2019

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.

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Access to Health Care Services for Adults in Maine

November 2018

This data brief developed by MeHAF and the University of Southern Maine 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.

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Delaying Care Due to Lack of Access to Transportation Data Brief

July 2018

This report was compiled using data from the 2014-2016 Maine Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. The analysis examines responses to a survey question that asked respondents if they had delayed medical care for a non-cost reason in the past 12 months.

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

March 2018

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.

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Maine Rural Health Innovations Briefs

September 2017

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.

The briefs include information about FQHCs, delivery of services, behavioral health, governance, workforce, and payment models.

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

September 2017

The report profiles older people in Maine 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 improvement and highlights the importance of state policy decisions to drive change.

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

February 2017

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.

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Maine Rural Health Profiles

September 2016

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.

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