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MaineCare - children, Meicare eligibility, SCHIP, State Children's Health Insurance Program


This report presents findings from a telephone survey of children currently enrolled in or recently disenrolled from MaineCare, the State‘s Medicaid and State Children‘s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The sample was randomly selected, and stratified to include children enrolled in MaineCare through the Medicaid eligibility category, and through two SCHIP eligibility categories, Medicaid Expansion and the Separate Child Health Program (CHP). 1 These three eligibility categories include children ages 18 or under living in households with income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Income eligibility limits are lowest for the Medicaid eligibility category, followed by the Medicaid Expansion and the Separate Child Health Program categories.2 Between May and September 2007 telephone interviews were completed with 1,531 parents of enrolled children and 259 parents of disenrolled children.


We would like to thank the parents who participated in survey interviews; this report would not be meaningful without their time and their candid responses. We are grateful to Melody Martin of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, who directed the project and provided valuable feedback on the development of the survey. Al Leighton and the dedicated interviewers of the Muskie Survey Research Center tested and administered the survey and Thara Kumarage was instrumental in the preparation of the survey sample.

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The survey and report were supported with funds from the Cooperative Agreement between the University of Southern Maine and the Department of Health and Human Services. The views and opinions expressed in this report are the authors‘ and should not be attributed to collaborating organizations, funders, or the University of Southern Maine.



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