Children participating in MaineCare by age group and county in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Maine passed Medicaid expansion by referendum in November 2017. In January 2019, Medicaid expansion began. As of November 2020, children made up 46% of the people with Medicaid, while nationally children make up 49%.
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 2010-2020 was at its highest in 2012 and has declined each year until 2020. As of June 2020, there were 466 more children enrolled than the year before. For children under age 6, 48.5% were covered by MaineCare, in 2020. This is compared to the highest year of coverage, 58.1% in 2012. For youth ages 6 -18, the 2020 rate of participation was  43.3% in 2020 compared to 45.7% in 2012. 

For 2020, for all children 18 & under by county, the percent of children with MaineCare varied between a high of 61.9% in Piscataquis County and 61.6% in Washington County compared to the low rates of   30.8% in Cumberland County, 32.8% in York County and 32.9% in Sagadahoc 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 Human Services, Office of MaineCare

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

Data last uploaded: June 2021.