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Maine Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Maine.

 

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243

State Fair Employment Agency
Maine Human Rights Commission
207.624.6290

Vocational Rehabilitation
Maine Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
207.623.6799

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Maine Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
800.318.2596

Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program & External Appeals
Consumers for Affordable Health Care
800.965.7476

Maine Bureau of Insurance
800.300.5000 or 207.624.8475

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration

COBRA-Maine
Maine Bureau of Insurance
800.300.5000 or 207.624.8475

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

MaineCare
207.287.3707

State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
Elderly and Adults and Adults with Disabilities Waiver

Consumer Directed Attendant Services

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
MaineCare
877.543.7669

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov

More Health Insurance Resources

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Sharing Medical Information with Family & Friends

Hill Burton Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Clinics

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP)

Transportation

Local transit systems may provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Dial 211 for assistance.

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Maine Department of Labor
800.593.7660

Agency: Maine Department of Labor

Information is available here. File here. Initial payments will be made about two or three weeks after filing if a claimant is eligible. Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. Payment can be made via direct deposit or a debit card. Claimants must register with Maine JobLink and maintain an active work search. Frequently asked questions are answered here. A comprehensive guidebook is available here. Video tutorials are available here. Customer service is available at: 800-593-7660 and online.

State Clinical Trials Law

24-A M.R.S. § 4310

Who must cover the costs? All private insurers, both individual and group policies, contracted for in the state

What must be covered? Routine patient costs furnished in connection with the clinical trial

Requirements for Coverage: For an enrollee to qualify for coverage for participation in a clinical trial, the person: (1) must have a life-threatening illness for which no standard treatment is effective, (2) must be eligible to participate pursuant to the protocol, (3) has meaningful potential to sustain significant clinical benefit, and (4) has obtained approval to participate from his/her referring physician based on the aforementioned criteria.

Qualifying Trials: The trial must be approved and funded by either: (1) NIH, (2) NIH cooperative group or center, or (3) U.S. D.H.H.S

(Current as of 8/2022)

State Leave Laws

  • Paid Family Leave: Maine does not have universal paid family leave.
  • Paid Sick Leave: Maine passed an earned paid leave law, effective January 1, 2021. The law covers employers with more than 10 employees. Under Maine law, employees must earn at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked; however, an employee cannot use more than 40 hours of paid sick leave in a year. Any unused, accrued hours roll over to the next year, subject to the 40-hour maximum.

For more information about leave laws in each state, see our chart on taking time off from work.