211maine.org http://www.211maine.org 2-1-1 Maine is a comprehensive statewide directory of over 10,000 health and human services staffed by trained 2-1-1 Call Specialists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:32:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2-1-1 Maine http://www.211maine.org/211maine/ http://www.211maine.org/211maine/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:00:40 +0000 http://211maine.org.s90769.gridserver.com/?p=1 2-1-1 Maine is a comprehensive statewide directory of over 8,000 health and human services available in Maine. The toll free 2-1-1 hotline connects callers to trained call specialists who can help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Finding the answers to health and human services questions and locating resources is as quick and […]

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2-1-1 Maine is a comprehensive statewide directory of over 8,000 health and human services available in Maine. The toll free 2-1-1 hotline connects callers to trained call specialists who can help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Finding the answers to health and human services questions and locating resources is as quick and easy as dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.211maine.org.

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March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month http://www.211maine.org/national-problem-gambing-awareness-month/ http://www.211maine.org/national-problem-gambing-awareness-month/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.211maine.org/?p=1129 National Problem Gambling Awareness Month educates the public about problem gambling and the consequences. Gambling is any activity where a person risks an item of value, such as money or property, on the outcome of an event, which is determined mostly by chance. While many think of gambling as going to a casino, playing slot […]

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National Problem Gambling Awareness Month educates the public about problem gambling and the consequences.

Gambling is any activity where a person risks an item of value, such as money or property, on the outcome of an event, which is determined mostly by chance. While many think of gambling as going to a casino, playing slot machines or a day at the racetrack, there are many other types of activities that involve gambling including buying lottery tickets, betting on sports events, bingo, card games, or internet games. Gambling becomes a problem when it gets in the way of work, school or other activities, harms your mental or physical health, hurts you financially, damages your reputation, or causes problems with your family or friends.

Not all people who gamble excessively are alike, nor are the problems they face. People with gambling problems are found in all age groups, income groups, cultures and jobs. Some people develop gambling problems suddenly, others over many years. There are many reasons why a gambling problem may develop. For example, some people develop problems when they try to win back money they have lost, or because they like to be “in the action.” Others have many life stresses that make gambling a welcome relief. Problem gambling is not just about losing money. Gambling problems can affect a person’s whole life.

Using a simple screening tool can help identify whether or not further help is necessary. Three questions for identifying gambling problems:

Brief Bio-social Gambling Screen (BBGS)

1. During the past 12 months, have you become restless, irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling?
2. During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled?
3. During the past 12 months, did you have such financial trouble that you had to get help from family or friends?

BBGS Scoring: Answering ‘Yes’ to one or more questions indicates likely a problem. Resources and supports are available.

Source: Gebauer, L., LaBrie, R. A., & Shaffer, H. J. (2010). Optimizing DSM-IV classification accuracy: A brief bio-social screen for gambling disorders among the general household population. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 55(2), 82-90

For more information and resources, dial 2-1-1 or visit the following links:
 

Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

National Council on Problem Gambling

Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling

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Health Insurance Marketplace Special Enrollment Period http://www.211maine.org/march-31-deadline-sign-health-care-coverage/ http://www.211maine.org/march-31-deadline-sign-health-care-coverage/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:47:59 +0000 http://www.211maine.org/?p=4194 This Special Enrollment Period is for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes. It is for individuals and families who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 […]

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This Special Enrollment Period is for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes.

It is for individuals and families who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage.

This Special Enrollment Period is from March 15 to April 30 for individuals and families who:

  • Currently are not enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace for 2015
  • Attest that when they filed their 2014 tax return they paid the fee for not having health coverage in 2014, and
  • Attest that they first became aware of, or understood the implications of, the “shared responsibility payment” after the end of open enrollment (February 15, 2015) in connection with preparing their 2014 taxes.

You may qualify for an exemption from the requirement to have coverage. Here is a link to help determine if you qualify for an exemption health coverage tax exemption tool
 
Those without health coverage in 2014 will have to pay a fee – $95 per adult or 1 percent of their income, whichever is greater – when they file their taxes this year.
 
Individuals taking advantage of this special enrollment period will still owe a fee for the months they were uninsured and did not receive an exemption in 2014 and 2015. 

To complete your application, log in to your Marketplace account on HealthCare.gov, or contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 to complete your enrollment over the phone or:

Contact a Community Action Program Health Care Navigator  at the Community Action Program below  or dial 2-1-1 for nearest location for more information on how you can  get help with your enrollment.

Aroostook County Action Program (Presque Isle) at 800-432-7881

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (Waterville) at 800-542-8227

Midcoast Community Action (Bath) at 800-221-2221

Penquis (Bangor) at 844-846-3691

The Opportunity Alliance (Portland) at 877-429-6884

Waldo County Community Action Partners (Belfast) at 800-930-7351

Western Maine Community Action (East Wilton) at 800-645-9636

Washington Hancock Community Action (Ellsworth) at 664-2424

York County Community Action Corp (Sanford) at 800-965-5762

You can also do the following:

 

 

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AARP Free Tax Preparation http://www.211maine.org/free-tax-preparation/ http://www.211maine.org/free-tax-preparation/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:30:14 +0000 http://www.211maine.org/?p=979 AARP  provides confidential free tax preparation, answers tax questions, and files electronic forms; help is available for those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit; sites are operational through April 15;  arrangements can be made to assist homebound disabled persons. Dial 2-1-1 Maine or visit AARP Tax-Aide Locator to find a tax preparation site […]

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AARP  provides confidential free tax preparation, answers tax questions, and files electronic forms; help is available for those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit; sites are operational through April 15;  arrangements can be made to assist homebound disabled persons.

Dial 2-1-1 Maine or visit AARP Tax-Aide Locator to find a tax preparation site nearest to your location.  Consumers can search the Tax-Aide Locator by address or county. The name of the site, address, phone number, site schedule, handicap access, information on making an appointment, and other pertinent information is included in the search results.

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CA$H Maine http://www.211maine.org/cah-maine-2013/ http://www.211maine.org/cah-maine-2013/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:00:08 +0000 http://www.211maine.org/?p=3314 Prepare and file your federal and state income taxes for free. Save your hard earned money this year by filing your incomes taxes at a CA$H Maine free tax preparation site or file for free online. CA$H Maine is a collaboration of statewide coalitions to help low and moderate income Mainers find ways to make […]

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Prepare and file your federal and state income taxes for free. Save your hard earned money this year by filing your incomes taxes at a CA$H Maine free tax preparation site or file for free online.

CA$H Maine is a collaboration of statewide coalitions to help low and moderate income Mainers find ways to make the most of their money. CA$H Maine offers free tax preparation to qualified individuals and families during the tax season, as well as information about free and low-cost money saving resources, including funding higher education for you or your children.

Option 1: File for free in person with an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer. To find a free tax preparation event near you, dial 2-1-1. A trained Call Specialist will provide contact information. You can also find tax preparation sites by searching in the 2-1-1 Maine Resource Directory on the 2-1-1 Maine homepage. To qualify, 2014 household income should be less than $53,000. All consumers should call the tax site to find out about what documents are needed for tax preparation. ADA and interpreter accommodations are available upon request.

Option 2: File for free online. Go to myfreetaxes.comTo qualify,  2014 household income should be less than $60,000. Use of this website  requires a valid email address.

 

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New Portland DHHS Office Opens January 26, 2015 http://www.211maine.org/new-south-portland-dhhs-office-opens-january-26-2015/ http://www.211maine.org/new-south-portland-dhhs-office-opens-january-26-2015/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:16:38 +0000 http://www.211maine.org/?p=4456 On January 26, the DHHS office in Portland opens at 151 Jetport Boulevard. The new location replaces the office at 161 Marginal Way in Portland. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and the phone number is 207-822-2000. Bus service is provided by the GREATER PORTLAND METRO via […]

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On January 26, the DHHS office in Portland opens at 151 Jetport Boulevard. The new location replaces the office at 161 Marginal Way in Portland. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and the phone number is 207-822-2000.

Bus service is provided by the GREATER PORTLAND METRO via Route 5. For more information www.gpmetrobus.com or call 207-774-0351.

 

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Keep ME Warm Accepting Donations http://www.211maine.org/keep-me-warm-accepting-donations/ http://www.211maine.org/keep-me-warm-accepting-donations/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:00:15 +0000 http://www.211maine.org/?p=2140 Keep ME Warm, a partnership  of Maine’s United Ways  and Community Action Programs, provides emergency heating assistance  to those who may not be eligible for limited federal, state or local fuel assistance programs and have  to choose between heating their homes and and basic needs.  You can help by making a donation to KeepMEWarm. If you wish to donate […]

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Keep ME Warm, a partnership  of Maine’s United Ways  and Community Action Programs, provides emergency heating assistance  to those who may not be eligible for limited federal, state or local fuel assistance programs and have  to choose between heating their homes and and basic needs.  You can help by making a donation to KeepMEWarm. If you wish to donate by mail, please send checks to: United Way of Greater Portland/Keep ME Warm PO Box 15200 Portland, ME 04112 Credit card donations can also be made online at KeepMeWarm. Click on Give Help and donate now. Your contributions will assist our friends and neighbors in need through the winter months.

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Questions About Your New Health Insurance? http://www.211maine.org/questions-about-your-new-health-insurance/ http://www.211maine.org/questions-about-your-new-health-insurance/#comments Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:44:25 +0000 http://www.211maine.org/?p=3983 Are you one of the newly insured individuals who have a question about coverage, premium payments, co-payments or other health insurance issues. Marketplace.cms.gov addresses questions that consumers may have with the January 1 start of coverage through their selected health plan.  Find links for consumer information on how to access health plans as well as education factsheets explaining how […]

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Are you one of the newly insured individuals who have a question about coverage, premium payments, co-payments or other health insurance issues. Marketplace.cms.gov addresses questions that consumers may have with the January 1 start of coverage through their selected health plan. 

Find links for consumer information on how to access health plans as well as education factsheets explaining how health insurance works.

What to know about seeing your doctor -http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/seeing-your-doctor.pdf

What to know about getting your prescription medications -http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/getting-your-prescription-medications.pdf

Appealing your insurers’ decision not to pay -http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/appealing-your-insurers-decision-not-to-pay.PDF

I signed up, but don’t have health coverage. What should I do? -http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/signed-up-but-no-coverage.pdf

Getting emergency care - http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/getting-emergency-care.pdf

What you should know about early renewal of health coverage -http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/early-renewal-of-coverage.pdf

What you should know about provider networks -http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/what-you-should-know-provider-networks.pdf

Contacting your Health Plan’s Customer Service Phone Number- (includes a link to a database containing the customer service phone numbers for all of the Qualified Health Plans https://data.healthcare.gov/dataset/QHP-Customer-Service-Phone-Numbers/vryg-tdzf?)- http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/contact-health-plan.pdf


Payments of Premiums

The deadline to sign up for coverage to start January 1st was December 23rd.

We want to remind you that consumers need to pay their premium directly to the insurance company in order to have coverage by January 1, 2014. Consumers can pay when invoiced by the plan, call the issuer to make payment, or pay online if the plan accepts online payment.  All consumers have until at least December 31 to pay for coverage effective January 1, although some insurance companies have extended this deadline.  Consumers should check with their insurance company to find out when their first premium is due in order for coverage to be effective January 1. Consumers should also confirm with the issuer that their first month’s premium has been received and that enrollment is complete.

Please note that once a consumer selects a plan through the Marketplace, it may take the health plan 48-72 hours to receive and process the enrollment, so please encourage consumers to continue to periodically check back with their selected health plan. The insurance company will also send plan information and an insurance card to consumers who have completed enrollment including payment of the premium.

https://www.healthcare.gov/how-to-have-the-best-experience-with-healthcare-gov/#part=5

https://www.healthcare.gov/how-to-have-the-best-experience-with-healthcare-gov/#part=6

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