Maine Health Access Foundation
150 Capitol St., Ste. 4
Augusta, ME United States 04330-6858
Telephone: (207) 620-8266
Type of Grantmaker
- Health conversion foundation
(yr. ended 2014-12-31)
Total giving: $2,793,012
Additional Contact Information
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 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.
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
- Economically disadvantaged people
- Low-income and poor people
Year ended 2014-12-31
Assets: $123,720,335 (market value)
Gifts received: $25,100
Total giving: $2,793,012
Qualifying distributions: $5,454,155