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COVID-19 Stimulus Checks & Public Benefits Eligibility in Maine

Posted and up-to-date on 4/29/2020 Introduction Many people who will get a stimulus check under the CARES Act may also receive public benefits. You may be worried about whether getting a stimulus check will change your eligibility for public benefits.
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Maine Public Benefits & COVID-19 FAQ

Posted and up-to-date on 7/30/2020 I need MaineCare, TANF, and/or SNAP (food stamps), where do I go to apply? These services are run through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
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Healthcare Resources for Maine Children Who Have Experienced Violence

How does domestic violence affect children? Violence and trauma can have long-lasting effects on children who witness or experience violent events.
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Six Tips about Individual Shared Responsibility Payments

NOTE: This information is offered by the IRS for Tax Year 2017.  This includes both rules for making the payment (if you don't have health insurance) and rules about who is "exempt" (does not have to pay).  Many people with very low incomes and people with certain immigrant statuses do not have to pay. 
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Food Supplement Overpayments: Do I have to repay?

What to do if you get a notice of overpayment from DHHS.
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Food Supplements and the 3 Month Time Limit: Can I Still Get Help?

Food Supplement rules limiting eligibility for some 18 - 50 year olds. Learn more to see if the rule applies to you.
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Health Care Tax Tips

Do you get a health care tax subsidy for health insurance you bought through the "federal marketplace." Learn about your duty to report certain financial changes.
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The ACA Health Insurance Tax Payment: What You Need to Know

The IRS explains the tax consequences of failing to obtain health care coverage before the March 31, 2014 deadline.
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Understanding the Affordable Care Act

Some low income people are eligible for Mainecare. Most other people with low incomes can get help paying for health insurance. The IRS gives instant tax credits to help with the cost.   There are many places to get help finding health insurance:
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My Maine Connection: Online Benefits Application Tool

Maine DHHS is offering this online tool My Maine Connection as another way to apply for benefits.  You may still apply in person, if you prefer, or over the phone (in programs that allow phone applications).  But this is now the most streamlined way to apply.