Children participating in MaineCare

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Why This Indicator Matters

Maine is one of 17 states that did not expand access to Medicaid (called MaineCare in this state) during the months following the passage of the federal affordable care act, also known as Obama Care.
Indeed, at the state level, since 2014, Maine has placed additional restrictions on eligibility that served to reduce the number of children with MaineCare.  As of 2017, according to the Kaiser Foundation, Maine ranks 32 of the 50 states in terms of access to Medicaid for parents.
Source, Table 3: Kaiser Family Foundation Fact Sheet States Compare Medicaid Coverage

What the data shows
The number of children with MaineCare in the years 2010-2017 was at its highest in 2012 and has declined each year since. There are 17,959 fewer children with MaineCare comparing June 2017 with June 2012. The rate of participation has also steadily declined and now stands at 46.5% overall, compared to 51% in 2012.
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