MaineCare for Immigrants

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What is MaineCare?

MaineCare helps people with low income pay for health care, like doctor visits and medication.

Can I get MaineCare?

Certain groups of people are covered by MaineCare:
(1) children; (2) their parents; (3) 19 and 20-year olds; (4) pregnant women; (5) adults with disabilities; (6) seniors age 65 and older; and (7) adults age 21 to 64 who do not have children living in their homes (there is a wait list for this group).

Some legal immigrants can get full MaineCare benefits.
Refugees and Asylees can get full MaineCare benefits.

Even if you are here legally, you may not be able to get full MaineCare benefits if:

  1. You are a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) in your first 5 years with that legal status (and you are not a Refugee or Asylee);
  2. You have filed an application for permanent status and are still waiting for a decision;
  3. You have applied for Asylum status or another change in immigrant status with the federal immigration authorities and are waiting for a decision; or
  4. You have another less common legal status.

If you are pregnant OR under age 21, and in the country legally, you can get full MaineCare benefits.


If you fall into one of these groups and cannot get full MaineCare benefits, you can still get Emergency MaineCare.

What is Emergency MaineCare?

Emergency MaineCare only pays for the health care services that are needed to stabilize a serious health problem. Emergency MaineCare does pay for the cost for labor and delivery.

If you are in one of the groups listed above you may have a MaineCare card that only pays for Emergency MaineCare. If you have questions about what your MaineCare card pays for you can call: MaineCare Member Services at 1-800-977-6740.

If you are undocumented you can get Emergency MaineCare to help pay for medical emergencies.


For questions contact:

Maine Equal Justice Partners
207-626-7058 or toll-free at 1-866-626-7059

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP)
207-780-1593 or toll-free at 1-800-497-8505

Updated December 2011

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