A mental health resource connection for families in Maine
207-396-4313 | info@familyhopeme.org
home > insurance > mainecare, medicare, medicaid – what's the difference?

What's the difference between MaineCare, Medicaid and Medicare?


Many people often get these three types of insurance confused.  Here is basic information about these programs.

MaineCare and Medicaid

MaineCare is the name of Maine’s Medicaid Program.

What does it cover?

MaineCare is a federal and state funded program that pays the medical expenses of people who are unable to pay some or all of their own medical expenses.

Who Can Apply?

MaineCare is available to people who meet the income guidelines and are eligible based on age and family situations. To see if you are eligible for MaineCare, please contact your local DHHS office or the MaineCare website.

How to apply for MaineCare


Medicare is health insurance for the following:

  • People 65 or older
  • People under 65 with certain disabilities
  • People of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant)

The different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, and D) help cover specific services.  For more information: Medicare.

Some people may qualify for BOTH Medicaid and Medicare.  For more information:  Medicaid Information

Words of Hope

"When someone you love so deeply gets ill, everyone is changed in some ways. It takes a team to keep our physical and spiritual beings going in the face of the strife and pain that comes when mental illness hits home."
- NB


Helpful PDF Downloads


Family Hope

Interesting Links

Contact Us

Family Hope
PO Box 1385
Scarborough, ME 04070-1385




Join Our Email List

Family Hope is Maine's resource for finding mental health services. We do not endorse any one program or organization. Our mission is to connect you to options, saving you time and frustration.
Copyright © 2014. FAMILY HOPE. All rights reserved.
Site by Graphic Details