It is estimated that about 7% of Maine people are uninsured, and nearly 30% have trouble paying medical bills.
MeHAF developed the Access to Quality Care (A2QC) initiative in response to these challenges. The initiative, which extended from 2013 to 2018, encouraged health care and social service providers to work together to develop systems of care that deliver sustainable, high value services to people who are uninsured and have lower incomes. Strategies included better communication and greater coordination among health and social services agencies and organizations, and relied on input from individuals who seek care.
- Grants: MeHAF awarded grants to support better systems coordination, increase system capacity and efficiency, and improve patient experience and outcomes. Planning and implementation grants began in 2013.
- Technical assistance and grantee support: A2QC grantees participated in learning communities that featured local and national experts, network development and peer to peer sharing.
- Consumer and community engagement: Grantees engaged patients through interviews, focus-groups, planning and advisory committees.
For more information, contact President & CEO Barbara Leonard.