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Medical Care for Those Who Cannot Afford to Pay
Maine law requires that free medical care must be given to Maine people with income less than 150% of the federal poverty level. However, Southern Maine Health Care gives free care to Maine people at 175% of the poverty level:

Southern Maine Health Care Free Care Guidelines - 2016

Persons in Family

175% of FPL

















For each additional person, add


If you believe you qualify for Free Care, please request an application from the Patient Accounts office by calling (207) 467-8880 (toll free: 877-282-9080), or pick one up in person from the Cashier's Office, located on the first floor of the Medical Center. You can also download a copy here:

You will be asked if you have insurance of any kind to help pay for your care. You may also be asked to show that insurance or a government program will not pay for your care.

Only necessary medical care is given as free care.

If you do not qualify for free medical care, you may ask for a fair hearing. We will tell you how to apply for a fair hearing.

2016 Free Care Guidelines posted in Federal Register 1/25/16, effective same.
cc: Department of Human Services, Bureau of Medical Services.


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