Department of Health, Maine

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The Department of Health and Human Services is an agency in Maine.

The purpose of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is to provide health services to Mainers. Stated goals of the Department include: Protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of Maine people; promoting independence and self sufficiency; protecting and caring for those who are unable to care for themselves; providing effective stewardship for the resources entrusted to the department.[1]


The 2010-2011 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services totals $1,825.9 million, which is 29.9% of the total budget for Maine. Medicaid comprises 19.9% of this budget, totaling $1,216.1million.[2]

The most recent budget posted for the Department is from 2006.[3]


Department programs include Food Stamps, MaineCare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Emergency Assistance, and ASPIRE.[4]

MaineCare provides healthcare coverage at little or no cost, as well as Medicare premium savings and SSI State Supplement cash benefit.[4][5][6]

The ASPIRE (Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment) program aims to help recipients to become self-supporting through employment, education and training services.[4]

The Food Supplement Program helps low-income people buy food. The program helps those who work for low wages, are unemployed or work part-time, receive welfare, are elderly or disabled with a small income, or are homeless.[7]


Requests for Proposals and Annual Data Reports are posted.[8]

Public records request information is not disclosed, nor are administrative salaries.

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