This brief describes the issues affecting access to health care in rural Maine. These issues include Maine’s use of enhanced Medicare and Medicaid payments to support the rural health infrastructure, the adequacy of the provider workforce and the presence of training programs, the contribution of health care to the rural economy, and the high prevalence and unmet need for care for persons with substance use and mental health issues.
Funding Organization or Grant
Funding was generously provided by the Maine Health Access Foundation.
Lenardson, J. D., & Hartley, D. (2007, January). Maine's rural health challenges. (Issue Brief). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine.