Children participating in MaineCare by age group in Maine

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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 people 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. For children under age 6, 51.5% are covered by MaineCare in 2017, compared to the highest year of coverage, 58.1% in 2012. For youth ages 6 -18, the current rate of participation is
44.5% compared to 45.7% in 2012. For 2017 by county, for children ages 0 -18, the percent of children with MaineCare varied between a high of 67% in Washington County and 63% in Piscataquis County and a low of 38% in York County and 33% in Cumberland County.
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Definitions: The number and percent of individual children ages 0-5 and 6-18 participating in MaineCare in state fiscal year July 1 – June 30. These data are reported by age group and by the child’s county of residence at the end of the SFY or the end of the child's participation in MaineCare.. The numerator is the number of children with MaineCare at any point in the year and the denominator is the number of children in Maine in the various age groups.

Data Source: Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services.

Footnotes: The statewide figures include children who were out-of-state or whose residence is unknown.It includes those in the age group 0 -18 who turned 19 during the fiscal year.

A revision in 2016 percents was made in April 2018.

Data last uploaded: April 2018