Children participating in MaineCare by age group and county in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Children with health insurance have better health than children who do not have insurance, as they are likely to not receive timely care if they do not have health insurance. A child's health is also influenced by whether or not the parents have insurance. Maine expanded access to Medicaid for adults (called MaineCare in this state) in January 2019.  

What the data shows

The number of children with MaineCare in the years 2010-2020 was at its highest in 2012 with 144,198 children enrolled and then declined from 2012-2019. For state fiscal year 2020, however, the numbers rose by 466 and the percentage rose from 43.9% to 44.8%.  For state fiscal year 2021, the numbers rose by 3,480 to 122,083, or 46.3% of Maine's children and the highest rate since 2018. Most of this increase was due to 3,337 more children ages 6 - 18 with MaineCare. Overall, 45.3% of children ages 6 -18 had MaineCare in 2021, compared to 48.8% of children up to age 6.

In terms of county rates, as of June 30, 2021, Washington, Piscataquis and Somerset Counties had rates above 60% at 64.5%, 60.7% and 60.1% respectively. The counties with the lowest rates of children with MaineCare were Cumberland (32.7%), York (35.8%), and Sagadahoc (35.7%).
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Definitions: The number and percent of children ages 0-5, ages 6-18 and the total children participating in MaineCare. This data is reported by state fiscal years. Children are reported by county of residence at the end of June or the end of the child's participation in the program. Note that the statewide figure for all years includes children who were non-residents, who were out-of-state, or whose residence is unknown. The numerator is the number of children who used MaineCare at any time in the fiscal year and the denominator is the number of children in Maine ages 0 -18 for same year or latest year that population data is available for.

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 6 -18 who turned 19 during the fiscal year. It includes children who accessed MaineCare or CHIP during the state fiscal year.

Updated: April 2022.