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Provider Support Needed (inform parents about Maine’s Cub Care Program)

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of MaineCare Services is trying to reach as many parents as possible to make them aware of Maine’s Cub Care Program.

They are reaching out to child care providers asking us to pass along information to parents of children in care.

They are providing materials such as flyers, brochures, and notecards to providers who respond to a brief survey by Thursday, May 13, 2021. The survey is about your preferences for receiving these outreach materials.

So what is Cub Care?

Cub Care is another name for Maine’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Cub  Care Program provides Free or Low-Cost Health Insurance for Families with Children and Pregnant Women. Health coverage under the Cub Care Program is available to children under 19 years of age whose family income is above the eligibility level for Medicaid.

All services that are covered by MaineCare are also covered by Cub Care, such as:
• Visits to your doctor
• Medications
• Behavioral health services
• Inpatient and outpatient hospital visits
• X-rays and labs
• Transportation to MaineCare covered services

To qualify for Cub Care, a child must:
• Be under age 19
• Be under the monthly income limit
• Not be eligible for another MaineCare program

When children get coverage through Cub Care, families must pay a monthly fee. The monthly fee ranges between $8 and $64, depending on income and family size.

A child may still be eligible for Cub Care if income is more than what is listed in the chart. For more information about Cub Care, visit , or call 1-855-797-4357.

How does one apply?
To apply for Cub Care, visit My Maine Connection to complete an online application or download/print a paper application.

You can contact DHHS Office of Family Independence / 1-855-797-4357 / Mon – Fri / 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Free Interpreter services are available for those with limited English proficiency. TTY users can call Maine relay 711.


FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We understand the critical role of child care providers in the lives of children and families. Through collaboration with other organizations we work to increase awareness of our profession and the value of a strong child care system to Maine's diverse communities.