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Consumer Assistance HelpLine

1-800-965-7476

Success Stories

Here are the stories of just a few of the people who we have helped. Want to support our work? Learn more about how you can support us.

Have you gotten help from CAHC? Tell us your story!

Pain in Paula’s every word

When Paula called our HelpLine, you could hear pain in every word she said. Paula had serious dental issues, including teeth that were broken at the gumline. She was unable to eat solid foods and was in constant pain. She needed to have all of her teeth extracted in order to return to a normal life. Her current coverage did not cover any dental services, and she could not afford the high costs she was quoted by local providers. We were able to connect her with an organization that provides donated dental care to those who qualify. Paula got the services she so desperately needed in October, as well as a donated set of dentures, and can enjoy the foods she had to avoid before.

David’s Daughter with Lyme Disease

After an initial denial by the insurance company, David contacted us because his daughter Kate, age 26 and battling chronic Lyme Disease, was being kicked off his health plan. We worked with him to convince the insurer that Kate qualified to stay on as a dependent adult and now she is getting the care she needs. CAHC assisted in saving this family thousands in medical bills.

Michelle helps her patients get the care they need

As a licensed social worker at Mainer General Medical Center, Michelle Begin frequently helps her patients navigate through Maine’s health Care systems, particularly the MaineCare program. With health care laws and eligibility rules continually changing, it can be hard for Michelle to always know every part to every rule. Instead, she uses CAHC as her resource for information and assistance, which lets her focus more of her time on helping her patients. In one case, CAHC helped Michelle get one of her patients enrolled in MaineCare, which allowed him to get the care he needed to go back to work. According to Michelle, in most of the cases she has had CAHC help her with, her patients have ended up qualifying for something. To hear more about Michelle’s experiences with CAHC, watch her testimonial here.

Open Enrollment is the time of year you can sign up for health insurance.

Open Enrollment to get insurance for 2018 will start November 1, 2017. It will end December 15, 2017.

If you don't sign up for a health plan by December 15, 2017, you may not be able to get health insurance in 2018. If you don't have insurance, you might have to pay a fine when you file your taxes.

Visit HealthCare.gov or call our HelpLine at 1-800-965-7476 to learn more and find out how to apply!

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Workshops & Events

  • September, 2017
  • Sep
    26

    5th Annual HC4ME Conference!

    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Our conference theme this year is: The Future of Health Care in Maine: Defending Our Gains, Defining Our Vision.

    This year’s conference will offer two interchangeable tracks: a Policy Track, and an Enrollment Track.  The Policy Track will explore the current state-of-the-art in health policy, particularly around coverage and delivery system reforms. The Enrollment Track will explore information enrollment professionals will need or want to know.  The conference will also include panel discussions exploring the current state of health reform.

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  • October, 2017
  • Oct
    10

    Bangor MaineCare A to Z Workshop

    9:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    This workshop offers an in depth look at MAGI & Non-MAGI MaineCare eligibility rules for families, seniors, and people with disabilities. Participants will review and discuss recent State and Federal level changes to MaineCare related to the Affordable Care Act. Sponsored by Consumers for Affordable Health Care and Maine Equal Justice.

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  • Oct
    17

    Portland MaineCare A to Z Workshop

    9:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    This workshop offers an in depth look at MAGI & Non-MAGI MaineCare eligibility rules for families, seniors, and people with disabilities. Participants will review and discuss recent State and Federal level changes to MaineCare related to the Affordable Care Act. Sponsored by Consumers for Affordable Health Care and Maine Equal Justice.

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