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CarePartners Celebrates 10 Years Helping Low-Income & Uninsured
Maine People Get Comprehensive Healthcare
Eight hospitals & 970 providers donate more than $46M in services 

PORTLAND, Maine - June 22, 2011- As federal and state heath reforms are debated, a unique, nationally recognized Maine healthcare access program is celebrating a decade of success. CarePartners, an innovative healthcare program that helps low-income and uninsured Maine people secure free or low-cost healthcare, serves residents in Cumberland, Lincoln, Waldo and Kennebec counties. The program, a partnership between MaineHealth, physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers, helps adults who don't qualify for public or private coverage get comprehensive, medically necessary care. In the past 10 years, the CarePartners volunteer provider network has served nearly 8,000 program enrollees. Eight Maine hospitals and more than 970 volunteer healthcare providers have donated services valued at more than $46 million.

CarePartners works to increase access to healthcare and community resources for low-income, uninsured adults. In addition to increasing access to care, the program supports healthy behaviors, appropriate use of healthcare services and improved health status outcomes for enrollees. Several studies have found that CarePartners is successful in lowering the rate of hospitalizations and emergency room visits for its enrollees compared to typical Medicaid patients. Unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits are very costly to the health system. The typical CarePartners enrollee makes about $1,308 per month and is not eligible for private or public health insurance. Enrollees pay $10 for an office visit and $10-to-$25 per prescription.

CarePartners is made possible by the commitment of participating providers. The program is administered by Maine Medical Center in Portland, MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta and Waterville, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Waldo County Healthcare in Belfast. Additional participating hospitals include Mercy Hospital in Portland, Inland Hospital in Waterville and Spring Harbor Hospital in Portland. Financial and technical assistance is provided to all sites by MaineHealth. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine donates third- party administrative service and Martin's Point informatics donates data analysis and report services.

Notable numbers from a decade of care:

  • In the past 10 years, CarePartners' staff and the program's volunteer provider network have served more than 7,928 program enrollees.
  • More than 26,515 individuals have received information or direct assistance with local, state and federal healthcare resources
  • Eight hospitals and more than 970 volunteer healthcare providers donated $46.3 million worth of care and services.
  • Enrollees received more than $23 million worth of free medications via pharmaceuticals companies.
  • 3,190 individuals transferred to health insurance coverage: 2,102 to Mainecare, 603 to Medicare and 485 to private insurance.

About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together to make their communities the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated delivery networks, MaineHealth includes the following member organizations: LincolnHealth (Miles Memorial Hospital and LincolnHealth – St. Andrews Campus & Healthcare Center), Maine Medical Center, Maine Mental Health Partners (Spring Harbor Hospital), Pen Bay Healthcare (Pen Bay Medical Center), Southern Maine Medical Center, Waldo County Healthcare (Waldo County General Hospital), Western Maine Health (Stephens Memorial Hospital), HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Maine Physician Hospital Organization, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Medical Center, Mid Coast Hospital, New England Rehabilitation Hospital and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.

Carol Zechman



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