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Assistance for Immigrants

Qualifying for MaineCare Coverage


As of 07/01/2022, non-citizen children and pregnant persons who live in Maine will be eligible to apply for MaineCare and/or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  The “five-year bar”* no longer applies to these two populations.

According to the MaineCare Eligibility Manual, the five-year bar refers to the waiting period that begins on the date the immigrant obtains qualified alien status. Once the five-year waiting period expires the applicant is eligible for full MaineCare benefits. This law change lifts the waiting period for children under age 21 and those who are pregnant.

How to apply for MaineCare

There are 3 ways to apply:

Tip: Write down your application number and save a copy of your application as a PDF. This way you can prove the date you applied. See our MC Online Portal tip sheet for more information.

  • Apply with a paper application.

Call 1-800-965-7476 to have one mailed to you, or print an application at:
Mail it to: DHHS, 114 Corn Shop Lane, Farmington, ME 04938

Tip: Send it by certified mail and keep a copy of the mail delivery receipt. This way you can prove the date you applied.

  • Apply in person at any DHHS office:

Call 1-800-965-7476 to find a DHHS office near you, or visit:

Tip: Get there early in the morning for a shorter wait time.

You can apply at many health centers and any family planning clinic or call our HelpLine at 1-800-965-7476 to find out more about eligibility or for help completing an application. We can help.

If you don’t qualify for MaineCare and don’t have other health coverage, you may qualify for Marketplace Coverage


Documented immigrants are eligible for some public benefits, depending on factors such as immigration status and age. If your household includes any family member born in the United States that can make you eligible for some supports.

Maine Equal Justice also provides information about public benefits available for legal immigrants, refugees or asylees, Iraqi or Afghan Immigrants with special immigration status, and documented immigrants. Learn more in their guides: English | Français | Español | Português | Lingála | عربى