Health Insurance

Children's Health Insurance Program - CHIP

Phone: (800) 318-2596

In Maine: 855-797-4357

If your children need health coverage, they may be eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If they qualify, you won't have to buy a Marketplace plan to cover them. Medicaid and CHIP provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in Maine. Even if your children have been turned down in the past or you don’t know if they qualify, you may be able to get health coverage for them now. Medicaid and CHIP provide health coverage for children so that they can get routine check-ups, immunizations and dental care to keep them healthy. They can also get doctor visits, prescription medications and hospital care when they’re sick, and much more. You can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year. There’s no limited enrollment period for either Medicaid or CHIP. If you qualify, your coverage can start immediately. CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. In some states, CHIP covers parents and pregnant women. Each state offers CHIP coverage, and works closely with its state Medicaid program.

Consumers for Affordable Health Care

Augusta, ME

Phone: (800) 965-7476

This is a non-profit organization committed to helping all Maine people obtain affordable, quality health care.

Services include: Free Clinics in Maine - most provide services only to people with no health insurance, or people who are also within certain income limits;

Sliding Scale Clinics - these clinics give discounts based on household income; Help with Prescriptions; Hospital Sliding Scale Care; Hospital Free Care. Services also include helping families find quality health care in Maine; helping individuals and families advocate for more affordable health care; helping individuals to know and exercise their rights; providing training and education to consumers and policy makers; producing research and policy analysis.