CarePartners

CarePartners builds upon a long tradition of doctors and hospitals in Maine providing care for patients regardless of healthcare coverage or ability to pay. CarePartners helps people get primary care and specialty care with supportive services, such as case management and low cost medicines.

CarePartners coordinates the supply of donated healthcare services for low-income, uninsured residents in the following six Maine counties:

  • Cumberland
  • Kennebec
  • Knox
  • Lincoln
  • Waldo
  • York

A partnership of MaineHealth, doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers, CarePartners helps people who don't qualify for public or private healthcare coverage programs get the healthcare they need.

What services are available?

  • Regular check-ups and care when you're sick
  • Prescription medications you can afford
  • Lab, X-ray and hospital services at no cost
  • Referrals to services and resources

How does the program work?

When getting care through CarePartners, patients are able to get the following help and assistance:

  • Intake coordinators will check if applicants qualify for CarePartners and help them understand their options for healthcare coverage, such as MaineCare, Medicare, and veterans’ benefits.
  • Case managers work with patients to link them to community resources, provide health education and help them better understand the healthcare system.
  • Pharmacy assistance technicians help patients access a large list of prescription medicines (drugs) either for free or for a co-payment of $10 to $25.
  • Doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers give a full range of health care services, including primary care, specialist care, all inpatient and outpatient services, and diagnostic testing to CarePartners enrollees.
  • Primary care physicians (PCPs) and nurse practitioners typically agree to be a primary care provider for 10 patients at any one time. Specialists typically provide up to 20 referral visits a year for program enrollees. The cost of an office visit for a CarePartners patient is $10, paid to the provider. All other medical care is provided at no cost to the patient.

CarePartners enrollees get a membership card to get healthcare services from providers who are part of the program.

Who enrolls in CarePartners?

While the "average" CarePartners patient is a single female, age 43, with a household income of $16,000/year, enrollees are male and female, young and old, and come from all walks of life. CarePartners patients do tend to have much higher healthcare needs than the average population.

How much will I have to pay?

If you become a member of CarePartners you'll pay no more than $10 for each office visit. Prescription co-payment range from $10 to $25. Lab, X-ray and other hospital services are offered at no charge.

How do I know if I am eligible for CarePartners?

 To be eligible for CarePartners, you:

  • Are between 19 and 64 years old
  • Have lived, for at least 6 months in Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Waldo or York county; and
  • Are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare.

Additionally:

  • You may be eligible if you're over age 65 and don't qualify for Medicare.
  • When applying, you cannot be eligible for healthcare insurance through government-sponsored programs, which include but are not limited to: MaineCare (formerly known as Medicaid), Medicare and veterans’ benefits.
  • Applicants will need to provide a tax return to show their most recent annual income, as well as show proof of current wages and any current unearned income. The federal poverty guidelines[AGF1] are updated every year by the federal government, based on cost of living adjustments.

To enroll, or for more information:

Toll Free Statewide Number 1-877-626-1684

Augusta MGMC Ballard Center 6 East Chestnut Street Augusta, ME 04330 Tel: (207) 626-1684 Fax: (207) 626-2643 Belfast 125 Northport Avenue, Suite 105 P.O. Box 287 Belfast, ME 04915 Tel: (207) 930-2644 Fax: (207) 930-6712 Damariscotta 40 Belvedere Road Damariscotta, ME 04543 Tel: (207) 563-4120 Fax: (207) 563-4103 Portland 241 Oxford Street Portland, ME 04101 Tel: (207) 662-7000 Fax: (207) 879-8948 Rockport 756 Commercial Street Rockport, ME 04856 Tel: (207) 921-3967 Fax: (207) 921-5355 Sanford 25A June Street Sanford, ME 04073 Tel: (207) 490-7962 Fax: (207) 490-7613 Waterville MGMC-Thayer Center for Health 149 North Street Waterville, ME 04901 Tel: (207) 872-4697 Fax: (207) 872-4697

 

How do I know if I am eligible for CarePartners?

To be eligible for CarePartners, you:

  • Are between 19 and 64 years old;
  • You live in or have a primary care doctor in Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Waldo or York county; and
  • Are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare.

Additionally:

  • You may be eligible if you're over age 65 and don't qualify for Medicare due to not working enough quarters during your lifetime.
  • When applying, you cannot be eligible for healthcare insurance through government-sponsored programs, which include but are not limited to: MaineCare, Medicare and Veterans’ Benefits.
  • Applicants will need to provide a tax return to show their most recent annual income (if they are required to file), as well as show proof of current wages and any current unearned income. The federal poverty guidelines are updated every year by the federal government, based on cost of living adjustments.

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