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Maine Health Access Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

Maine Health Access Foundation

150 Capitol St., Ste. 4

Augusta, ME United States 04330-6858

Telephone: (207) 620-8266


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Health conversion foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $123,720,335

Total giving: $2,793,012





Additional Contact Information

Toll-free tel.: (866) 848-9210


Established in 2000 in ME - The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) is a health conversion foundation established from sale of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of ME to Anthem Insurance Companies in Apr. 2000. MeHAF is one of Maine's largest health care foundations. MeHAF supports strategic solutions to Maine's health care needs through grants and other programs, particularly targeting those who are uninsured and medically underserved.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's mission is to promote access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and to improve the health of everyone in Maine. The foundation uses its human and financial resources to ensure that all people have access to high quality, affordable health care to achieve or preserve better health. The foundation directs its program, grantmaking, and staff resources to advance four strategic priorities in pursuit of its mission. The foundation's priorities are: advancing health system reform, promoting patient-centered care, improving access to quality care, and achieving better health in communities.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Achieving Better Health in Communities

Good health requires more than just receiving quality health care services. People need resources and support in their communities to sustain and improve health. Working with other funders, MeHAF is reaching out to community leaders and stakeholders to learn how we can partner with them to promote better health. This outreach will guide programs and grantmaking aimed at supporting fully integrated, collaborative community-based strategies to improve health in the coming years.

Advancing Health System Reform

Everyone in Maine deserves access to affordable, high quality health care to ensure better health. MeHAF supports key strategies and policy changes that expand access to more affordable health insurance, promote better value and quality through payment reforms, and offer better coordination and collaboration between the health care delivery systems and community resources. The foundation also supports public education and outreach so Maine people clearly understand the facts and impact of changes in health care policy. Many of its initiatives align and leverage opportunities, resources and policy improvements offered within national and state-level health system reform efforts.

Improving Access To Quality Care

Affordable coverage with access to quality health care is increasingly out of reach for many Maine families and businesses. This is particularly the case when Maine's economy is struggling. As the number of uninsured rises, tremendous pressure is placed on Medicaid (MaineCare) and other programs designed to meet the needs of people with low incomes. MeHAF program and grant funding brings providers, social service agencies, advocacy organizations and other community groups together to assist those who are eligible to enroll in all available private and public programs, and to help those who are uninsured find quality, coordinated services through local safety net providers.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has created a low-interest loan fund to be overseen by the Finance Authority of Maine. The fund will be used to help Maine’s primary care practices adopt usage of electronic medical records. The foundation intends to explore new Program-Related Investment strategies to help extend its financial reach.

Promoting Patient-Centered Care

People complain that the healthcare system lacks organization, is difficult to navigate, and is hard to understand. This is particularly an issue for those who are uninsured. MeHAF continues to promote more patient-centered and seamless care, particularly through the coordination and integration of primary care with behavioral health, dental care, specialty care, and other services. A centerpiece of the foundation's work is the Integration Initiative, a ten-year, $10 million commitment to promote better patient-centered care by improving coordination and seamless care delivery between behavioral health and primary care.

Fields of Interest

  • Health
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $123,720,335 (market value)

Gifts received: $25,100

Expenditures: $5,922,387

Total giving: $2,793,012

Qualifying distributions: $5,454,155