MaineCare

If you can't afford to pay for medical care right now, MaineCare can make it possible for you to get the care that you need so that you can get healthy and stay healthy.

Some MaineCare services, such as nursing home care and in-home services require you to be both financially and medically eligible. Medical eligibility for nursing home care and in-home services is determined through the Office of Elder Services - visit Care Options to find out how; financial eligibility is determined by the Office of Family Independence.

MaineCare does not pay money to you; instead, it sends payments directly to your health care providers. You may also be asked to pay a part of the cost (co-payment) for some medical services.

To find out whether you are financially eligible, you will need to visit one of the Regional Offices of the Office of Integrated Access and Support Services. Use the Office Finder to the right to locate the office which serves you.

Before your visit, you can print and complete the application by clicking on the link below. (You may prefer to have the form completed during your interview.) If you are not sure which application to complete, call the office which serves your town.

Application Forms

When you apply for MaineCare, you may be asked to provide some or all of the items below:

  • Copy of Power of Attorney, Conservator, or Guardianship documents
  • Documentation of all income sources and amounts (with the exception of Social Security and SSI)
  • Documentation of the value for property that is not the applicant's residence
  • Copies of health insurance cards including Medicare
  • Documentation of health insurance payments
  • Copy of trust agreement where the applicant is a grantor or beneficiary
  • Copy of annuity contract
  • Copy of life insurance policies owned by the applicant and/or their spouse
  • Copy of prepaid burial contracts
  • Declaration of contents held in safety deposit box
  • Documentation of liquid assets owned currently by the applicant and/or spouse, or those that have their name on them. These include:
    • Current statements on all savings and checking accounts, certificate of deposits, IRA or other investments
    • Copy of savings bonds that the applicant or spouse have an interest

Note that DHHS is expected to review the 36 months prior to application to determine if the applicant or their spouse gave away something of value without receiving equal value in return. This is called a 'transfer of asset,' and depending on what was transferred, when and to whom, it may result in a penalty. The penalty is based on the value of the transfer and results in a period of months MaineCare will not pay long term care expenses on behalf of the individual. To do this review we request: Statements on all savings and checking accounts, certificate of deposits, IRA or other investments for the prior 12 months, and the statement on that same account for month 36 prior to application.

Documentation of values and use of all assets cashed in, closed, sold, transferred or otherwise liquidated during the 36 months prior to application.

*Do not delay applying because information or a document is not immediately available to you. This information can be obtained later in the interview process.


Even if you're not eligible for MaineCare, there are other services that you may be eligible for.

The home and community care assessment is for anyone who wants to know what services are available and affordable. The first step is a telephone screen to make sure you need an assessment. However, any person who wants to move to a nursing home must have an assessment. The assessment lets people know if they qualify for nursing home care, and other in-home services. For more information, visit Care Options.

Visit our Insurance page for additional health insurance information.