A unified voice for affordable, accessible, quality home care and hospice services.

On Tuesday, November 14, 2023, Governor Mills welcomed Maine's home care and hospice community to the Blaine House to celebrate Home Care and Hospice Month.  We came together to celebrate excellence in home care and hospice—both the outstanding staff and the selfless volunteers who profoundly impact the lives of our patients and their families.

Their unwavering commitment and hard work go beyond just providing medical expertise; they infuse a sense of humanity into their roles. The care, empathy, and kindness they exhibit leave a lasting impression on the lives they touch.

The Blaine House Tea serves as a moment to express our deepest gratitude for your outstanding contributions.

MaineCare: Unwinding the Public Health Emergency (PHE)

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE) and relaxed certain requirements to ensure Medicaid (known as MaineCare) members could continue to access healthcare services. The federal government declared that the PHE would end (also known as unwinding) on May 11, 2023. 

Starting May 12, 2023, some billing flexibilities and how MaineCare members access health care services reverted back to how they were administered prior to the declaration of the PHE.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is working to update its COVID-19 and End of PHE web page with current information concerning the end of the PHE and will send notifications as updates are made. 

Following are links to recently added or updated documents:

To support MaineCare providers through this transitional period, MaineCare developed a provider-only e-mail box to submit questions related to the end of the PHE.

2023-24 Member Resource & Referral Directory

(online digital flipbook) 

2022 Maine Hospice Utlization Report

Hospice provides expert medical, emotional and spiritual care and support – focusing on comfort and quality of life – to terminally ill patients and their caregivers. The Medicare Hospice Benefit began in 1983 and provides interdisciplinary team services that include medical, spiritual, personal care, volunteer and bereavement services for beneficiaries with a life expectancy of six months or less and their caregivers.

Nonprofit, community-integrated hospices benefit their patients, patient families and their communities in unique and recognizable ways.  Nevertheless, hospice providers face some barriers that lawmakers and regulators could address or eliminate.

The 2022 Maine Hospice UtilizationReport illustrates important contributions and characteristics specifically of nonprofit hospices in Maine, including:

1. Growth in Hospice Utilization

2. Hospice Quality Ratings

3. Innovative Practices

4. Hospice Houses

The Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine is a membership nonprofit organization comprised of home care, home health care & hospice providers. Through networking, education and advocacy, Alliance staff and members work collaboratively to ensure our older adults and Mainer's with disabilities have access to affordable, accessible quality care in the comfort and safety of their own home and community.

Members of the Alliance care for older adults and disabled Mainers of all ages - allowing them to stay in their home and community. Annually, our provider members deliver care to more than 45,000 clients in their residences across Maine, traveling more than 20 million miles. Our providers employ a wide-range of workers (from registered nurses, to therapists to personal support specialists) – making our sector of the healthcare continuum a large contributor to Maine’s economic growth and prosperity. 

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."  ~ Henry Ford

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