Applications for Rural Medical Access Fund Now Available
The Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has released the 2007 application for assistance from the Rural Medical Access Fund and established April 27th as the deadline for returning a completed form to the state.
The Rural Medical Access Program, created by the Legislature in 1990 as the result of MMA's liability reform package that year, is jointly administered by the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care and the Bureau of Insurance. The program promotes obstetrical and pre-natal care in federally designated medically underserved areas and Health Professional Shortage Areas of Maine through assistance (up to $15,000) with insurance premiums for eligible obstetricians and family physicians. To be considered for assistance from the program, physicians must be practicing in Maine and have had malpractice insurance for prenatal care and/or obstetrical services for at least the period of July 1, 2006 thorugh Dec. 31, 2006.
1. Physicians whose practices are located in federally designated medically underserved areas or Health Professional Shortage Areas, who practice at least 50% of the time in underserved areas, and whose practice includes at least 10% MaineCare patients.
2. Physicians whose practices are not located in federally designated medically underserved areas or Health Professional Shortage Areas but are located in Primary Care Analysis Areas of under 20,000 population and at least 50% of the visits are patients from federally designated underserved areas and/or MaineCare. Applications may be downloaded from the MMA website at www.mainemed.com or requested from:
Matthew Chandler, Manager
Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
#11 SHS, 286 Water St, 6th Floor
Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
Questions may be directed to Mr. Chandler at 287-5524,
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