In 2001, MaineHealth, a nonprofit health system serving southern and central Maine, established CarePartners, a health plan using a network of providers offering volunteer care to the uninsured.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Communities in Charge: Financing and Delivering Health Care to the Uninsured.
Between June 2001 and March 2004, 2,203 individuals received services under CarePartners; 2,162 others were referred to Maine's Medicaid program.
Hospitals and physicians donated $8.2 million in medical care, and pharmaceutical companies provided $1.5 million worth of free drugs to CarePartners enrollees.
Over the course of the grant period, the overall cost of the program per member per month decreased.
Created a new, locally funded mechanism to purchase prescription drugs.