Number of dialysis patients statewide: 1,751

This state offers Medigap insurance to dialysis patients under 65.

Medicare, a federal program, pays for dialysis for over 80% of dialysis treatments. However, many issues concerning dialysis patients are actually handled at the state level.

Individual states have to provide certain basic services under Medicaid, but they also have flexibility in how they structure their plans and set their reimbursement rates. In addition, some states have the authority to determine the need and location for additional dialysis facilities (this is often referred to as certificate of need). Because dialysis patients’ care can be affected by state officials as well as federal officials, DPC members are becoming more active on state issues—ensuring the patients’ voice is heard locally as well as nationally.

ESRD Network

#1 Network of New England
1952 Whitney Avenue, 2nd Floor
Hamden, CT 06517
1-203-387-9332

State-Run Programs

Offices of MaineCare Services
1-800-977-6740, opt. 3

  • Adult Programs: A Medicaid program for children, adults, families, pregnant women etc.
  • Medication Programs: Low Cost Drugs for Elderly & Disabled (DEL) Prescription drug discount program for elderly and disabled residents.  Maine Rx Plus A prescription discount program.

Health Reform Status:

Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Maine.

Medicaid: The state will not expand Medicaid eligibility.

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