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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
www.eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org
www.AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243
www.dol.gov/whd

State Fair Employment Agency
Maine Human Rights Commission
207.624.6290
https://www.maine.gov/mhrc/

State Health Care Coverage Facts
Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
https://ccf.georgetown.edu/state-childrens-health-facts/

Vocational Rehabilitation
Maine Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
207.623.6799
www.maine.gov/rehab/dvr/

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Maine Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
800.318.2596
www.healthcare.gov/

Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program & External Appeals
Consumers for Affordable Health Care
800.965.7476
www.mainecahc.org/

Maine Bureau of Insurance
800.300.5000 or 207.624.8475
https://www.maine.gov/pfr/insurance/faq/cobra_faqs.html

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
866.444.3272
www.dol.gov/ebsa

COBRA-Maine
Maine Bureau of Insurance
800.300.5000 or 207.624.8475
www.maine.gov/pfr/insurance/faq/cobra_faqs.htm

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
MaineCare
877.543.7669
www.maine.gov/dhhs/ofi/services/cubcare/CubCare.htm

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov
https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/coverage/me/index.html

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicare

Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)
www.medicare.gov

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
800.262.2232
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oads/community-support/ship.html

More Health Insurance Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Maine Department of Labor
800.593.7660
https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/

Agency: Maine Department of Labor

Information is available at https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/. File here: https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/claimants/. Initial payments will be made about two or three weeks after filing if a claimant is eligible. The maximum weekly benefit amount is $445 for an individual, and up to $667 for an individual with dependents. Benefits may be claimed for a maximum of 26 weeks. Payment can be made via direct deposit or a debit card. Claimants must register with Maine JobLink and maintain an active work search: https://joblink.maine.gov/ada/r/. Frequently asked questions are answered here: https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/claimsfaq/. A comprehensive guidebook is available here: https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/uiguide/. Video tutorials are available here: https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/videos/. Customer service is available at: 800-593-7660 and: https://www.maine.gov/labor/contact/index.html.

Updates related to Maine unemployment benefits and Covid-19: http://www.maine.gov/labor/docs/2020/covid19/covidfaqandui.pdf

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

24-A MRSA §4310 – The statute applies to all private insurers, both individual and group policies, contracted for in the state. These insurers must cover routine patient costs furnished in connection with the clinical trial. 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. 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 7/2011)

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/24-A/title24-Ach56-A.pdf

Paid Family Sick Leave

Maine does not have universal paid family leave. However, starting in 2021, private employers are required to allow employees to accrue paid sick leave up to 40 hours per year.