Maine Long-Term Care

Important State Information

Federal Partnership Program

The State of Maine participates in the federal/state long-term care partnership program. The program, which was authorized by federal law in 2005, provides additional asset protection for individuals with a qualified partnership long-term care insurance policy.

The program intended to encourage the people of Maine to purchase Long-Term Care insurance rather than rely exclusively on their assets and then on Medicaid once their assets are exhausted. People who buy a Maine Long-Term Care Partnership policy have their assets protected from Medicaid eligibility requirements and Medicaid’s estate recovery equal to the amount of insurance benefits paid out. This is a dollar-for-dollar offset.

Policy Example

For example, if you receive $200,000 in insurance benefits from your Maine Long-Term Care Partnership policy, you will be able to retain $200,000 in assets above the specified amount of assets normally permitted for Medicaid eligibility. The $200,000 is also exempt from estate recovery.


Most states have reciprocity with other states' long-term-care partnership programs including Maine. This means if you move from or to Maine your partnership asset protection follows you as well.


Long-Term Care Medicaid spend down is $2,000. A spouse’s minimum asset allowance is $126,420. Your spouse’s minimum monthly income allowance is $2,057.50*

For more information about the Medicaid program visit

Rate Stability Rules

In addition, Maine consumers enjoy additional peace-of-mind as the state has adopted Long-Term Care Insurance Rate Stability Rules.  These rules, developed the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, makes it much harder for an insurance company to get an approved rate increase.

Products Approved in Maine

Several types of products are approved in Maine for Long-Term Care planning. These include traditional plans, including partnership certified policies, short-duration policies, and asset-based “hybrid” plans.

Tax Incentives

Maine allows for the deduction of full premium less any amount deducted for federal income tax purposes and by any long-term care insurance premiums claimed as an itemized deduction pursuant to Maine Rev. Stat. tit. 36 section 5125. Employers providing long-term care benefits to employees may qualify for a tax credit equal to the lowest of the following: 1) $5,000, 2) 20% of the taxpayer’s costs to provide the benefit, or 3) $100 for each employee covered by an employer-paid policy.

Tax Credit

An employer providing long-term care benefits to its employees may qualify for the tax credit.

A credit is allowed against the tax imposed for each taxable year equal to the lowest of the following: (A) $5,000; (B) 20% of the costs incurred by the taxpayer in providing LTC insurance policy coverage as part of the benefit package; or (C) $100 for each employee covered by an employer-provided LTC insurance policy.


A taxpayer is entitled to a state tax deduction for qualified LTC insurance premiums as long as the amount deducted is reduced by any amount deducted for federal income tax purposes and by any LTC insurance premiums claimed as an itemized deduction pursuant to Maine Rev. Stat. tit. 36 section 5125.

*The federal government sets a new minimum and maximum amounts each year, but states can set their own minimum requirements at any level between the federal limits. This information is based on the best available sources.

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State Breakdown
State Partnership Program
State Tax Incentives
Federal Tax Incentives
Rate Stability Rules
Medicaid Spend Down $2,000
Minimum Asset Allowance $126,420
Minimum Monthly Income Allowance $2,057.50
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Calculate the Cost of Care in Maine

View the costs of Long-Term Care in your area. Use the slider below to view future costs of care services with inflation.

Maine Median
Long-Term Care 2019 2034(+16 Years) 2019 2034(+16 Years)
Homemaker Services $58,916 $91,789(+$34,589) $56,559 $88,118(+$33,206)
Home Health Aide $61,273 $95,461(+$35,973) $56,559 $88,118(+$33,206)
Adult Day Care $29,458 $45,895(+$17,295) $8,570 $13,351(+$5,031)
Assisted Living Facility $61,182 $95,320(+$35,920) $55,620 $86,654(+$32,654)
Semi-Private Room $116,545 $181,573(+$68,423) $120,586 $187,869(+$70,795)
Private Room $124,815 $194,458(+$73,278) $129,703 $202,073(+$76,148)

Long-Term Care Throughout Maine


Portland is the largest metro area in the state of Maine. The average skilled nursing facility cost runs $10,342 a month. The cost of an Assisted Living Facilityaverages $5,700 a month. Adult Day Care Centers average $2,383 a month. Care at home, based on a 44-hour week, averages $5,339 a month.

More Locations

Other larger population centers in Maine include Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Brunswick, Lewiston, Sanford, and Scarborough.

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