Document Type

Policy Brief

Publication Date



MRHRC, Access, Rural, Adults, Maine, Health Care Services, BRFSS, usual source of care, low-income, rural health


This data brief by researchers at the Maine Health Access Foundation and the University of Southern Maine's Maine Rural Health Research Center found ongoing inequality in the ability of people in Maine to get quality health care. The report examines data from 2014-2016 and shows that Maine people, of all income groups, report difficulties in paying medical costs. Research has also found the ability to seek timely and appropriate health care is impacted by income levels, educational background, race and ethnicity.
This brief provides an update to the 2016 study (available in Digital Commons:

For more information, please contact Dr. Erika Ziller (


To view or download other MeHAF reports and research by the Maine Rural Health Research Center, please visit the MeHAF website's Learning and Research webpage at

Funding Organization

Maine Health Access Foundation



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