How can I get help paying for health care received through the Franklin Community Health Network?

The Franklin Community Health Network has many programs to help individuals within the Greater Franklin County area. Financial Counselors can advise you on what program is best for you. It is your responsibility to apply for all available help and to be honest with FCHN about your financial situation. Although FCHN has limited funds to cover unpaid health care costs, FCHN will do everything to help you pay for care received within the network. Our Financial Counselors can advise you on what program is the best for you.

Phone: (207) 779-2396 or 1-800-398-6031, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington. Website: http://www.fchn.org.

Local Programs:

Franklin Health Access: Franklin Health Access helps uninsured and underinsured people in our community receive health care services. Local doctors and providers in the area donate their services at a reduced rate for this program. Franklin Health Access also reimburses a portion of prescription drug costs. People may qualify on a sliding scale up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. People who wish to participate in this program must be legal residents of the Greater Franklin County area. Most local health care services are covered and Franklin Health Access also offers help connecting people with other community resources. Enrollees are assigned a personal health advocate and get a free comprehensive, health risk screening. Phone: (207) 779-2272 or 1-888-952-2272, Rt. 2 East Wilton, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington. Website: http://www.fchn.org/fchn/healthaccess/.

FranklinCares: FranklinCares provides medical services for people without health insurance. The program covers services at Franklin Memorial Hospital, Pine Tree Medical Associates (Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Women’s Care), Evergreen Behavioral Services, NorthStar Emergency Medical Services, Insight Imaging Services, and other network services. FranklinCares provides health care services for specific treatments, and you must apply each time you need services for a new treatment plan. People up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines may qualify and will pay a portion of their bill depending on their income. Phone: (207) 779-2396 or 1-800-398-6031, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington.

Contract for Care: After you apply for Franklin Health Access and FranklinCares, you can use Contract for Care to help pay the portion of the bill you must pay. Within the Contract for Care program, a patient or representative of that patient agrees to do an available project, and Franklin Community Health Network voluntarily reduces to zero the portion of the bill the patient pays. People could make quilts for the hospital to hang on the wall, garden with community members in the Hope Harvest Garden, volunteer in the gift shop, donate paintings, or build birdhouses for the hospital forest. No one knows who is a Contract for Care participant and who is not. The Franklin Community Health Network will find a way for everyone to participate. Contract for Care is totally voluntary and is for people with an annual income that is up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Phone: (207) 779-2396 or 1-800-398-6031, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington. 

Government Programs:

DirigoChoice: DirigoChoice is health care coverage designed to give small businesses, the self-employed, and individuals an affordable, high-quality option for health coverage. If interested, small business owners choose to purchase DirigoChoice for their employees and usually pay part or all of the premium for each employee. The state also subsidizes costs for low-income workers. If you are self-employed, or if your business does not offer you health insurance, then you can also apply for DirigoChoice on your own.  Most health care services are covered, including 100% coverage for preventative services such as mammograms and annual physicals. Phone: 1-800-547-4251, State of Maine and Anthem 53 State House Station, Augusta, Website: http://www.dirigohealth.maine.gov

Medicare: Medicare is the national health program for people age 65 or older, some people under age 65 with disabilities, and others. Most people 65 or older are eligible for Medicare hospital insurance based on their own – or their spouse’s-employment. Before age 65, you are eligible for Medicare hospital insurance if you have received Social Security disability benefits for the last 24 months. People can choose from several different Medicare health plans. Medicare Plan A covers hospital services and Plan B covers physician services. Medicare specialists can help you pick the right plan for you. Phone: 1-800-772-1213, Social Security Administration, 1 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn. SeniorsPlus in Wilton is also a helpful resource for questions about Medicare. Contact: Phone: (207) 645-3315 or 1-888-234-3921, 251 U.S. Rt. 2, Wilton. Hours: Monday-Friday 8-3 p.m.

MaineCare: MaineCare is low-cost or free health insurance provided by the State for many low-income individuals and families. It covers many different people, including families with children 18 years old and younger, pregnant women, individuals under 21 years old not living at home, the elderly (65 years or older), and individuals with special needs aged 21-65. MaineCare was formerly known as Medicaid and Cub Care. Eligiblity is based on household income. The program covers most health care services and provides some prescription drug help. Phone: (207) 778-8400 or 1-800-442-6382, 114 Corn Shop Lane, Farmington, Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m.

How do I get a ride to the doctor?

Community Concepts Transportation Programs:

Community Concepts is a non-profit agency with three different transportation programs to help people in the Franklin, Androscoggin, and Oxford County area. Contact: Star Barden, sbarden@community-concepts.org Website http://www.community-concepts.org.

The Elder Rides Program: Provides door-to-door escorted service to medical appointments, shopping, or social activities for seniors 60 or older for free, or at a reduced rate. Seniors must apply for this service, and must meet income guidelines. Clients are encouraged to call 48 hours in advance to schedule their ride, which is provided by volunteer drivers. Phone: (207) 779-0594 or 1-877-603-0594, 124 Main St., Farmington Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m.

Community Concepts Inc. For Hire/Individual Fee Volunteer Drivers Program: Provides door-to-door, escorted transportation services to the general public for a fee. With rides to the airport, shopping trips, non-MaineCare appointments, and more. Phone: (207) 779-0594 or 1-877-603-0594, 124 Main St., Farmington Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m.

The Friends & Family Transportation Program: Provides financial reimbursement to MaineCare recipients for medically related transportation. All visits must be to a MaineCare-approved doctor or facility. Community Concepts can reimburse mileage and tolls to persons with current MaineCare eligibility who drive themselves, or have a friend or family member drive them to eligible medical appointments. First time applicants must apply for reimbursement services (one time application.) Phone: (207) 779-0594 or 1-877-603-0594, 124 Main St., Farmington Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m. Farmington

Taxi Service:

Local and long distance taxi service. Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. – 2 a.m. Phone: (207) 779-8888, Contact: John Western Maine Transportation Services (WMTS) also provides transportation through a number of programs. WMTS can be reached at (207) 364-2135 or toll free at 1-800-339-9687. There are other resources listed under the transportation category of The Community Connector as well, and rides are not limited to medical appointments.

I am a senior citizen and I am looking for information on how to get help paying for hearing aids that I desperately need, but I cannot afford to buy them. Can you give me some resources?

Listed below are a number of resources to contact for information:

Alpha One and mPower: Alpha One and mPower provides low-interest loans for individuals with disabilities and for businesses to make their workplace more accessible to employees and customers. Through mPower, Mainers can borrow from $250, up to $100,000. These funds can purchase the equipment, renovations or technologies people with disabilities need to address the challenges of everyday life, they also provide hearing aids, telecommunication devices for the deaf (TTY), visual fire alarms, and augmentative communication devices for individuals with hearing problems. Individuals don't have to have a disability to qualify.

mPower loans are made at low interest rates with longer repayment schedules. This reduces monthly payments. It makes necessary adaptive equipment a real possibility for low-income individuals. Alpha One provides an Adaptive Equipment Loan Program; Independent Living Skills Instruction; Adaptive and Mobility Equipment and Selection (trial rentals); Adapted Transportation; Access Design Consultation; Information and Referral; and Personal Care Attendant Services. Phone: 1-800-640-7200, Alpha One, 127 Main Street, South Portland, ME 04106 Websites: http://www.alphaone.org or http://www.mpowermaine.org.

Lions Club of Maine: Assists individuals wishing to obtain hearing aids who have limited financial resources. Speech and Hearing Services Phone: (207) 247-3314, HCR 72 Box 8018, North Waterboro, Maine 04061, Contact: John Kustron.

The Warren Center: The Regional Hearing Aid Bank, ReHAB for short, is designed to provide hearing aids to members of the community who are unable to afford them. It uses donated behind-the-ear hearing aids, which can be refurbished and reprogrammed for use by another person. The ReHAB program is designed particularly for members of the community who are unable to be served by the Veterans' Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation program, insurances or other third-party providers and whose annual income is less than 200% of the federal poverty level. There is an application process and a waiting list for these services. This program is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Applications: (207) 941-2850 or 1-877-542-9000, 75 Union Street, Bangor, Website: http://www.warrencenter.org.

Maine Center on Deafness: The Maine Center on Deafness (MCD) is a nonprofit organization that serves people in Maine who are deaf, late-deafened or hard-of-hearing by providing resources, advocating for social equality, and helping the general public to better understand and appreciate Deaf culture and effective ways of communication. The MCD is comprised of members of the Deaf community - friends and supporters that people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can depend on. Phone: (207) 797-7656 or 1-800-639-3884, Address: 68 Bishop Street, Suite 3, Portland, ME 04103, Website: http://www.mainecenterondeafness.org.

SeniorsPlus: SeniorsPlus can connect you to a broad range of information, resources, and services available to seniors. Phone: (207) 645-3315 or 1-888-234-3921, 251 US Rt. 2, Wilton, Maine 04294, Website: http://www.seniorsplus.org.

Sparkes Hearing: Digital, programmable and completely in the canal hearing aids. Repairs, cleanings, and batteries. Accepting new patients. Hearing evaluations for all ages. Most insurances are accepted (including MaineCare and Medicare) for hearing tests (check your policy for more information) when referred by a doctor. Other audiologists may take time payments from their customers if necessary (time payments are smaller payments made over a certain amount of time. (Sparkes Hearing Services does not take time payments.) Phone: (207) 778-9545 or 1-800-778-9545, 201 Front St., Farmington, Maine 04938.

State of Maine Division of Deafness Website: To create an Internet presence for the Deaf Community that includes an online resource directory of services for the deaf and hearing impaired. http://www.deafservices.com

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR): VR assists people with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities find and keep a job. (Vocational Rehabilitation is a program of Western Maine Community Action Career Center.) Vocational Rehabilitation will help clients that are in the program by having a hearing test conducted, and will help find the best way to gain access to the hearing device needed. Phone: (voice) 1-800-315-1192 TTY: 1-888-817-7113. Contact: Rod Mainnes. Email: rod.mainnes@maine.gov, Website: http://www.state.me.us/rehab/.

Air Force Aid Society: The Air Force Aid Society provides assistance for Air Force members and their families. The Air Force Society will direct members to a local Air Force or other military relief societies (other military relief societies that have cross-servicing agreements with the Air Force) to complete an application for assistance. Family Support Center Phone: Commercial: (781) 377-4222, 66 MSS/DPF, 20 Kirkland St, Hanscom AFB, MA 01731-2012, Website: http://www.afas.org/.

Modest Needs: Modest Needs makes grants, designed to stop the cycle of poverty before it starts for a struggling individual or family. All of the services provided at Modest Needs are absolutely free, and the grants come with absolutely no strings attached. They do not ever have to be repaid. Applicants should know though, the maximum grant is $1000. Modest Needs does not pay cash directly to approved applicants. Rather, when Modest Needs approves a grant to cover an emergency expense, Modest Needs pays that grant directly to a creditor. If someone is facing a temporary financial crisis because of an unexpected emergency expense and does not qualify for other assistance, that person can complete and submit an application either online (recommended) or by mail.

(If you'd like to send an application for help by mail. Please visit the Applications and Instructions page: (http://www.modestneeds.org/help/applications/) to download the necessary form. (Modest Needs can consider requests for help by mail only when they are received on a special mail-in form with all required documentation.) If an application slot is available, the entire application process should take less than ten minutes. And, if the donors indicate a high degree of interest in the application, Modest Needs will make every effort to fund it as quickly as possible, usually within two weeks or less. Phone: (212) 463-7042 (Please note that you cannot make a request for help via telephone.) Modest Needs Foundation, 150 W 22nd St, Fifth Fl, New York, NY 10011, Website: http://www.modestneeds.org.

Department Of Veteran Affairs (VA): Hearing aid evaluations are given to determine hearing loss and the need for hearing aids or other forms of amplification. If the patient needs a hearing aid, hearing aids are ordered from one of the hearing aid manufacturers on a VA government contract. Patients are required to return to the Audiology Clinic for the hearing aid fitting. Hearing aid orientation and education are stressed, family cooperation, participation and assistance is encouraged and welcomed. Additional follow-up appointments are often scheduled to monitor patient progress with new hearing aids.

To qualify for service a formal application must be made through the VA Regional Office. Verification of the claim will be made by the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Assistance in filing and follow-up of claims can be obtained through any of the Veteran's Service Organizations such as VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, etc. This service is for Veterans and their family members. VA Regional Office, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98174, Phone: 1-800-827-1000, Website: www1.va.gov/PSaudiology/page.cfm?pg=8.

Hear Now: HEAR NOW is a national nonprofit organization. HEAR NOW is an agency of last resort, which provides hearing aids to deaf or hard-of-hearing people with limited financial resources, and meet income guidelines. Those seeking assistance are asked to exhaust all other sources of assistance before contacting HEAR NOW, e.g., Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Administration, Medicare, Medicaid, insurance. There is also an application and processing fee of $100 (for one hearing aid), and $200 (for two hearing aids) (This fee is not the purchase price of aids, because HEAR NOW does not sell hearing aids). This fee is non-refundable and will not be returned under any circumstance. Phone: 1-800-648-4327 (V), 6700 Washington Avenue, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, Website: http://www.sotheworldmayhear.org.

I just moved into the area and I need a doctor. Where can I find a doctor in this area?

There are many doctors in the area. For help choosing the right doctor for you and your family, the Physician Referral Service can help.

Physician Referral Service: Provides a referral to physicians in the area based on the needs of the caller. Phone: (207) 778-6031 or 1-800-450-2075, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington.

I need help paying for a hearing aid. Where can I get assistance?

Listed below are a number of resources to contact for further information:

Alpha One and mPower: Alpha One and mPower provides low-interest loans for individuals with disabilities and for businesses to make their workplace more accessible to employees and customers. Through mPower, Mainers can borrow from $250, up to $100,000. These funds can purchase the equipment, renovations or technologies people with disabilities need to address the challenges of everyday life, they also provide hearing aids, telecommunication devices for the deaf (TTY), visual fire alarms, and augmentative communication devices for individuals with hearing problems. Individuals don't have to have a disability to qualify.

mPower loans are made at low interest rates with longer repayment schedules. This reduces monthly payments. It makes necessary adaptive equipment a real possibility for low-income individuals. Alpha One provides an Adaptive Equipment Loan Program; Independent Living Skills Instruction; Adaptive and Mobility Equipment and Selection (trial rentals); Adapted Transportation; Access Design Consultation; Information and Referral; and Personal Care Attendant Services. Phone: 1-800-640-7200, Alpha One, 127 Main Street, South Portland, ME 04106 Websites: http://www.alphaone.org or http://www.mpowermaine.org.

Lions Club of Maine: Assists individuals wishing to obtain hearing aids who have limited financial resources. Speech and Hearing Services Phone: (207) 247-3314, HCR 72 Box 8018, North Waterboro, Maine 04061, Contact: John Kustron.

The Warren Center: The Regional Hearing Aid Bank, ReHAB for short, is designed to provide hearing aids to members of the community who are unable to afford them. It uses donated behind-the-ear hearing aids, which can be refurbished and reprogrammed for use by another person. The ReHAB program is designed particularly for members of the community who are unable to be served by the Veterans' Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation program, insurances or other third-party providers and whose annual income is less than 200% of the federal poverty level. There is an application process and a waiting list for these services. This program is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Applications: (207) 941-2850 or 1-877-542-9000, 75 Union Street, Bangor, Website: http://www.warrencenter.org.

Maine Center on Deafness: The Maine Center on Deafness (MCD) is a nonprofit organization that serves people in Maine who are deaf, late-deafened or hard-of-hearing by providing resources, advocating for social equality, and helping the general public to better understand and appreciate Deaf culture and effective ways of communication. The MCD is comprised of members of the Deaf community - friends and supporters that people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can depend on. Phone: (207) 797-7656 or 1-800-639-3884, Address: 68 Bishop Street, Suite 3, Portland, ME 04103, Website: http://www.mainecenterondeafness.org.

SeniorsPlus: SeniorsPlus can connect you to a broad range of information, resources, and services available to seniors. Phone: (207) 645-3315 or 1-888-234-3921, 251 US Rt. 2, Wilton, Maine 04294, Website: http://www.seniorsplus.org.

Department Of Veteran Affairs (VA): Hearing aid evaluations are given to determine hearing loss and the need for hearing aids or other forms of amplification. If the patient needs a hearing aid, hearing aids are ordered from one of the hearing aid manufactures on a VA government contract. Patients are required to return to the Audiology Clinic for the hearing aid fitting. Hearing aid orientation and education are stressed, family cooperation, participation and assistance is encouraged and welcomed. Additional follow-up appointments are often scheduled to monitor patient progress with new hearing aids.

To qualify for service a formal application must be made through the VA Regional Office. Verification of the claim will be made by the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Assistance in filing and follow-up of claims can be obtained through any of the Veteran's Service Organizations such as VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, etc. This service is for Veterans and their family members. VA Regional Office, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98174, Phone: 1-800-827-1000, Website: www1.va.gov/PSaudiology/page.cfm?pg=8.

Hear Now: HEAR NOW is a national nonprofit organization. HEAR NOW is an agency of last resort, which provides hearing aids to deaf or hard-of-hearing people with limited financial resources, and meet income guidelines. Those seeking assistance are asked to exhaust all other sources of assistance before contacting HEAR NOW, e.g., Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Administration, Medicare, Medicaid, insurance. There is also an application and processing fee of $100 (for one hearing aid), and $200 (for two hearing aids) (This fee is not the purchase price of aids, because HEAR NOW does not sell hearing aids). This fee is non-refundable and will not be returned under any circumstance. Phone: 1-800-648-4327 (V), 6700 Washington Avenue, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, Website: http://www.sotheworldmayhear.org.

Is there a dentist in the area that is accepting new MaineCare patients?

Yes, there is a dentist in the area that accepts new MaineCare patients.

Community Dental: Community Dental is an agency committed to providing accessible dental care services, education, and health promotion to people in Maine. Dedicated, professional, and caring staff strive to deliver high-quality services to everyone. Community Dental believes that these efforts are key in promoting and maintaining long-term improvements in health and well-being for each individual it serves.

All insurances are accepted, including MaineCare. Accepting new patients. There is a limited waiting list for new patients; individuals who are not patients but who have an emergency can be seen usually within 48 hours. Phone: (207) 779-2659, 131 Franklin Health Commons (in the brown building next to Franklin Memorial Hospital), Farmington, Hours: Monday-Thursday 7-5:30 p.m.

There are other dental offices that may accept new MaineCare patients. Please check out the Dental section accessed from the category section of this website.

My mother has lost her license because she can't pass her driver's test. She needs help getting around her house now, too. Is there anyone I can talk to about her losing her eye sight? She wants to stay in her own home, but I am worried about her safet

A. A very good state-wide resource is The Iris Network (formerly the Maine Center For The Blind and Visually Impaired). They can be contacted at: 189 Park Ave., Portland, ME 04102, (207) 774-6273; 1-800-715-0097 (toll-free) or e-mailed at Info@theiris.org. Their website is: http://www.mcbvi.org/default.htm.

The Iris Network has helped thousands of people meet the challenge of vision loss. Adjusting is a learning process that takes time and patience. The Iris Network designs a range of services and programs to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual. While the range of services is broad, there are five primary programs on which the Iris Network focuses.

Rehabilitation Center - offers a comprehensive training program and temporary residence to assist clients in managing day-to-day needs, acquire communication skills, explore career options and learn to travel safely and independently.

Community Rehabilitation Services - a free service, The IRIS Network reaches clients in their homes, helping them adapt to vision loss, acquire blindness skills and access resources in order to work and live independently.

Maine AIRS - broadcasts newspaper information not typically available in audio form, such as community calendars, store ads, and obituaries. This is a vital link for individuals who are print disabled.

Residence Program - provides temporary and long-term housing for individuals who are visually impaired and multi-disabled, and seek a supportive environment. 

Computer Access - provides one-on-one training on computers and adaptive equipment in workplaces, schools, and homes across the state.

 

Lifeline

Is a medical alert program which can be installed by NorthStar. The equipment (which takes about 1/2 hour to install), provides a waterproof "Personal Help Button" on either a wristband or as a pendant. If there is an emergency or other need, the subscriber simply presses the button. The Lifeline Home Unit dials Lifeline and the Lifeline representative immediately responds through a speaker on the unit. After assessing the situation, Lifeline then contacts either a local friend or relative or immediately summons a NorthStar ambulance, local law enforcement, or fire department.

Included in the basic price (at no additional charge) are features such as: Remote call answering - use the built-in speaker phone to answer incoming phone calls with just a press of the Personal Help Button. Battery backup of up to 30 hours assures continuation of service during a power failure. Adjustable volume controls.

TelAssure - reminds subscribers to connect with the Lifeline Call Center once a month to assure uninterrupted service; Voice prompts for troubleshooting. Adjustable neck cords with quick release clasps. Fees: Installation for the normal system is a one-time fee of $30.00. NorthStar’s current monthly charge is $39.50 for the Home Unit Communicator, Personal Help Button and 24/7 response. Just a little more than a dollar a day. This monthly charge can also be paid annually ($474.00) or by credit card. NorthStar will waive the installation charge if the fee is paid annually. Installation charges may be waived under other circumstances as well.

Other features such as a separate telephone unit, additional subscribers in the home, or an inactivity alarm are available for an additional charge. Unfortunately, Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies do not cover this program but a subscription makes an excellent gift from a loved one. Service for broken equipment or battery replacement is provided at no charge by NorthStar.

Where can I find a dentist in the Greater Franklin County area?

Community Dental: Community Dental is an agency committed to providing accessible dental care services, education, and health promotion to people in Maine. Dedicated, professional, and caring staff strive to deliver high quality services to everyone. Community Dental believes that these efforts are key in promoting and maintaining long-term improvements in health and well being for each individual it serves.

All insurances are accepted, including MaineCare. Accepting new patients. There is a limited waiting list for new patients; individuals who are not patients but who have an emergency can be seen usually within 48 hours. Phone: (207) 779-2659, 131 Franklin Health Commons (in the brown building next to Franklin Memorial Hospital), Farmington, Hours: Monday-Thursday 7-5:30 p.m.

Strong Area Dental: Dental education, preventive care, x-rays, and oral exams, restorations, crowns and bridges, complete and partial dentures, whitening, periodontal care, sealant, consultations and referrals, and extractions. All insurances accepted, including a sliding fee scale and MaineCare. There is unfortunately, a waiting list for new patients. Phone: (207) 684-3045, 177 North Main St., Strong, Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30-5 p.m. Wednesday 8:30-7 p.m.

Rangeley Family Dental: Dental cleanings, and fillings. Phone: (207) 864-3400, 2252 Main St., Rangeley, Hours: Monday 1-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 8-4 p.m. All insurances accepted. MaineCare accepted for Rangeley residents only.

Hammerick Dental: General dentistry. Most insurances accepted, no MaineCare. Not accepting new patients at this time. Phone: (207) 778-2727, 145 Main St., Farmington, Hours: Thursday and Friday 8-12 p.m. Afternoons 1-5 p.m. Dentists: Walter and Paula Hammerick

Tyngtown Dental: General Dentistry. Most insurances accepted, no new MaineCare. Accepting new patients on a limited basis. Phone: (207) 645-9522, 144 Main St., East Wilton, Hours: Monday-Thursday 8-4:30 p.m.

Complete Dentistry: General dentistry. All insurances accepted, no MaineCare. Accepting new patients. Phone: (207) 645-4994, 7 Thompson St., Wilton, Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30-4:30 p.m.

Dr. Milad Bozorgina: General dentistry. All insurances accepted, no MaineCare. Accepting new patients. Phone: (207) 778-3307, 1460 Main St., East Wilton, Hours: Monday 8-4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday 8-4:30 p.m.

Dr. Katherine Heer: General dentistry. All insurances accepted, no MaineCare. Phone: (207) 778-4200, 104 Corn Shop Lane, Farmington, Hours: Monday and Thursday 8 – 4; Tuesday 8 – 6, Friday, 8 – 2. E-mail: info@khsmiles.com. Accepting new patients.

James H. Creznic General Dentistry: All insurances accepted, no MaineCare. Not accepting new patients at this time. Phone: (207) 778-6342, 122 High St., Farmington, Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m.

Gerard Girardin DDS.: General dentistry. Most insurances accepted, no MaineCare. Accepting new patients. Phone: (207) 897-4136, 115 Park St., Livermore Falls, Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8-5 p.m. (occasionally some Fridays they are closed.) Thursday 8-3 p.m.

Dr. Peter Swallow: General dentistry. Most insurances are accepted, no MaineCare. Not accepting new patients at this time. Phone: (207) 778-6268, 107 Box Shop Hill Rd., Farmington, Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5 p.m.

Kay Advanced Dental Concepts: General dentistry. All insurances accepted, no MaineCare or Delta. Accepting new patients. Phone: (207) 897-2721 or 778-6368 (Farmington area), 32 Main St., Livermore Falls, Hours: Monday-Tuesday 11-6 p.m. Wednesday 8-5 p.m.

John Ellis DDS, MD Oral & Facial Surgery: Oral and facial surgery including dental implants, wisdom teeth, and facial trauma. All insurances accepted, including MaineCare. Accepting new patients. Phone: (207) 779-1111, 444 Wilton Rd., Farmington, Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 8-4 p.m. Friday 8-3 p.m.

Dr. Eugene H. Glad: Provides braces for children ages 10-14 (Your child’s dentist must write to the Bureau of Medical Services for approval before your child can be fitted for braces). All insurances accepted including MaineCare. There is unfortunately a waiting list for new patients. Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis. Phone: (207) 622-1430, 11 Middle St., Augusta, Maine, 04330, Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30-4 p.m. Must live in a 25 mile radius of Augusta.

Dr. Paul F. Remmes: Provides orthodontic care for children (ages 17 and younger). There is unfortunately a waiting list that is up to a year long. Most insurances are accepted, including MaineCare. Adult Orthodontia also offered but not covered by MaineCare. Phone: (207) 282-7501, 6 Wellspring Rd., Biddeford, Maine 04005. Hours: 2 Mondays a month 8-4:45 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday 8-5 p.m.

Maine Donated Dental: The program serves disabled and elderly people who cannot afford needed treatment and have no other way of getting help. Each person's condition must be severe enough to prohibit or significantly limit gainful employment, and they must need extensive treatment rather than a cleaning or a check-up. In addition, they can neither afford dental care nor get it through other programs. Each patient receives services through this program only once. When all needed work is completed, care should be transferred to another practice. Phone: 1-800-205-5615, PO Box 2282, Augusta, Maine 04330. Contact: Michele Cooper.

Children's Dental Center: The Children’s Dental Clinic provides total pediatric dental care, including all forms of restorative treatment, sealants, and preventive dental education for low-income children. Children under care return for continuing oral hygiene instruction and frequent fluoride applications. Surgical procedures, endodontics, space maintainers, minor orthodontics and laboratory work are done in the office. Services are provided for children under the age of 21. Must be on MaineCare to qualify. Phone: (207) 622-2022 or 1-866-253-1461, 133 State St., Augusta Maine 04330. Hours: Monday-Thursday 8-4 p.m. (sometimes open later then 4 p.m.).

Senior-Dent: A Maine Dental Association program that offers comprehensive dental care to low-income elderly persons at reduced fees. Maine citizens who are age 62 or older, have no dental benefits under a private insurance plan or the MaineCare program, are eligible to enroll. Persons who qualify will receive a minimum discount of 15% from the usual and customary fees of participating dentists on all dental services. Maine Area Agencies on Aging can provide further information about Senior-Dent and can determine if an individual is eligible to receive dental care at reduced fees. For more information please contact SeniorsPlus at: Phone: (207) 645-3315 or 1-800-427-1241, 251 U.S. Rt. 2, Wilton, Maine 04294. Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4 p.m.

Cole Family Foundation Orthodontic Project: This project, a partnership between the private Cole Family Foundation and the Maine Dental Association (MDA), is designed to help provide orthodontia (braces) for 25 to 30 Maine children a year, in cases where no other funds are available. Children from low-income families who do not qualify for any government program (such as MaineCare) may be eligible. The Foundation will reimburse up to 70% of the orthodontist's usual fee, which the provider is required to accept as total payment, so there will be no cost to the child's family.

Cases are referred from dentists and selected approval by a panel of Maine Dental Association members; financial eligibility is determined by the Foundation. Referrals to this program must come from a dentist (self-referrals from patients will not be considered). Dentists should contact the MDA and request the information packet for the Cole Family Foundation Orthodontic Project. Referring Dentist may call: Phone: (207) 622-7900, Maine Dental Association PO Box 215, Manchester, Maine 04351 Contact: Frances Miliano, Executive Director.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Oral Health Program: Although the Oral Health Program cannot provide clinical dental services or financial assistance, dental health information and limited information and referral services are provided. Phone: (207) 287-2361, 11 State House Station, Key Plaza, 5th Floor, Augusta, Maine 04333.

Where can I get health care in Greater Franklin County?

Physician Referral Service: Provides a referral to physicians in the area based on the needs of the caller. Phone: (207) 778-6031 or 1-800-450-2075, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington.

Franklin Memorial Hospital: Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, is a progressive, friendly, nonprofit community general hospital whose mission is to provide high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care to west central Maine. The hospital actively works with the community and with other health-care providers to integrate services and ensure the health of people within its service area. Phone: (207) 778-6031 or 1-800-348-8603, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington, Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Pine Tree Medical Services: Medical providers through the Franklin Community Health Network. Franklin Orthopedics: Franklin Orthopedics is committed to providing caring world-class surgical and rehabilitation services in a convenient professional location. Same day appointments often available. When indicated, surgery can be quickly scheduled. Our providers offer comprehensive treatment for a full range of orthopedic disorders affecting men, women, and children, including: Bone, joint, and muscle evaluations; state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging; arthroscopy; fracture care; joint reconstruction; sports medicine; worker compensation evaluations; physical therapy & rehabilitation services. Insurances accepted: all insurances, including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 778-9001, 105 Mt. Blue Circle, Suite 1, Farmington. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Franklin Surgery: Franklin Surgery provides comprehensive evaluation and management of most conditions requiring general surgery, as well as advanced laparoscopic surgery, upper and lower GI endoscopy, colonoscopy, and stereotactic needle breast biopsy. Insurances accepted: all insurances, including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 778-6579, 167 Livermore Falls Road, Farmington. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Franklin Urology: Franklin Urology was established to provide continuity of care for area patients needing urology services. Our services includes urology surgery, prostate and bladder cancer treatment, vasectomy, male infertility, vasectomy reversal, urinary incontinence, prostate disease treatment, kidney stones treatment, on-site lab services, 24-hour call coverage, inpatient hospital care. Insurances accepted: all insurances, including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 778-4353, 126 Middle Street, Farmington. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pine Tree Family Practice: Family physicians specializing in caring for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their patients and their families. Insurances accepted: all insurances, including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 778-3326, 116 Franklin Ave., Farmington. Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Pine Tree Internal Medical Services: Pine Tree Internal Medicine providers care for patients from age 18 through the elder years. They have special training that focuses on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. Insurances accepted: all insurances, including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Services provided: Physical exams, routine office visits, on site laboratory services, inpatient care at FMH, 24-hour coverage for urgent care, and ScoreKeeper screenings for health maintenance. Phone: (207) 778-4922, Mt. Blue Health Center, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-4:30 p.m.

Pine Tree Pediatrics: Pine Tree pediatricians focus on the care and well being of children from birth to adolescence. They provide preventive and well childcare, immunizations and treat diseases and illnesses of children through adolescence. Services provided: Physical exams, well baby visits, sick visits, adolescence gynecology, evaluations and management of asthma, sports physicals, hospital care at FMH, outpatient/inpatient care, evaluations for school difficulties and child adolescent behavior and development, 24-hour coverage for urgent care, Phone nurse during office hours, and Breastfeeding consultations. Accepted insurances: all insurances including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 778-0482 or 1-800-398-6031, Mt. Blue Health Center, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington Monday-Friday 8-4:30 p.m.

Pine Tree Women's Care: Pine Tree Women's Care specializes in the medical and surgical care for women throughout their lifetime. They offer special expertise for care in pregnancy and childbirth and for disorders of the reproductive system. Services provided: Physical exams, obstetric care for pregnant women, birth control counseling, adolescent women's health, fertility and infertility counseling, menopause treatment, access to diagnostic screenings, and gynecological surgery. Accepted insurances: all insurances, including MaineCare and sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 778-6394 or 778-0804, 200 Livermore Falls Rd., Farmington. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-4 p.m.

Rockomeka Framily Practice: Rockomeka Family Practice offers a full range of family medicine services from routine physicals to managing complex chronic medical conditions. The practice provides call coverage 24 hours-a-day, and hospital care for its patients at Franklin Memorial Hospital, where patients may access a full range of diagnostic services and subspecialties. Accepted insurances: all insurances including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 897-6601, 38 Union St., Livermore Falls. Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Wilton Family Practice: Our team of providers has thousands of hours of training and professional experiences making them uniquely qualified to address the health care needs of all family members through all stages of life. Accepted insurances: all insurances including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 645-4577, 75 Allen Street, Intersection of Rts. 2& 4, Wilton. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

HealthReach Community Health Centers: Care of acute and chronic illnesses, checkups for the entire family, routine pediatric care, immunizations, school and sports physicals, well-woman exams and routine gynecological care, family planning services, laboratory services, minor surgery, referrals to specialty care and community resources, behavioral health services, and parenting support.

Strong Area Health Center: Programs that Strong Area Health Center provides: Adult and child immunizations, care of brief and chronic illnesses, checkups for the entire family, community resource referrals, counseling (mental health and substance abuse), emergency coverage-24/7 on-call, family planning services, laboratory services, school and sports physicals. Insurances accepted: All insurances, including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 684-4010, 177 N. Main St. Strong. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8-5 p.m., Tuesday 8-8 p.m.

Mt. Abram Health Center: Provides: Adult and child immunizations, care of brief and chronic illnesses, community resource referrals, complete physicals for all, counseling (mental health and substance abuse), emergency coverage-24/7 on-call, family planning services, laboratory services, school and sports physicals. Insurances accepted: all insurances, including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 265-4555, 25 Depot St., Kingfield. Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4:30 p.m.

Rangeley Region Health Center: Provides: Adult and child immunizations, care of brief and chronic illnesses, checkups for the entire family, community resource referrals, counseling (mental health and substance abuse), domestic peace initiative, emergency coverage-24/7 on-call, family planning services, laboratory services, school and sports physicals, and X-Ray services. Insurances accepted: all insurances, including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 864-3303, PO Box 569, 42 Dallas Hill Rd., Rangeley. Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4:30 p.m.

Western Maine Family Health Center: Provides: Care of short-term and long-term illnesses, checkups for the entire family, emergency coverage-24/7 on call, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), family planning services, immunizations for children and adults, laboratory services, minor office surgery, osteopathic manipulation, referrals to specialty care and community resources, school and sports physicals, ScoreKeeper, nutrition program, and substance abuse and mental health counseling. Accepted insurances: all insurances, including MaineCare and a sliding fee scale. Phone: (207) 897-4345, 80 Main St. Central Plaza, Livermore Falls. Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30-5 p.m.

Western Maine Community Action: Tri-County Health Services: The Western Maine Community Action Tri-County Health Services provides health education and medical services to people in the Greater Franklin County Area.

Women's Care: Routine physicals (including breast & pelvic exams and pap smears), birth control counseling & supplies, emergency contraception, treatment of common gyn problems, pregnancy testing and options counseling, pre-pregnancy counseling, prenatal counseling, education, & referral services, testing, diagnosis and treatment of STI’s (sexually transmitted infections), colposcopy and cryotherapy for evaluation and treatment of abnormal pap smears, midlife/menopause consultation and treatment, free pap smears and breast exams (if income eligible) through the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program.

Men's Care: Routine physicals testing, and diagnosis and treatment of STI’s (sexually transmitted infections).

Both men and women: Anonymous HIV counseling and testing, (Auburn STD & Farmington), confidential HIV counseling and testing (all sites), school and sports physicals, cholesterol and other lab testing, and immunizations. Phone: (207) 778-4553 or 1-800-587-9346, 193 Front Street, Farmington. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30-4 p.m. For more information please contact Lisa Laflin, Community Building Coordinator at: llaflin@fchn.org, (207) 645-3136 x 5103 or 20 Church St. Wilton, Maine 04294 20 Church St., Wilton, Maine 04294 (207) 645-3136 x 5103

Who can help my mom with her daily living skills?

Home health care agencies in the area can provide help with daily living skills.

Androsoggin Home Care and Hospice (AHCH): Weekly home visits by a nurse or therapists are coordinated under a care plan approved by a physician. Along with caregiver support from family and friends, services from AHCH social worker, home health aide or visiting volunteers are also provided when needed. Accepted insurance: all insurances accepted, including MaineCare, Medicare, and private pay. Phone: (207) 645-5344, (207) 897-6502 or 1-800-482-7412, 74 Allen St., PO Box 797, Wilton, Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4:30 p.m. Website: http://www.ahch.org.

Care and Comfort:

Care and Comfort helps clients maintain their independence. Care & Comfort provides medically trained professionals to assist individuals with daily living skills and personal care so they can stay in their homes. Accepted insurances: all insurances, including MaineCare and private pay. Phone: (207) 778-5515 or 1-866-397-3350, PO Box 310, West Farmington, Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m. Website: http://care-and-comfort.org.

Home Care for Maine:

Do you need someone you can trust to lend a hand with a few chores around the house? Home Care for Maine can provide the assistance and services tailored to meet your needs.
Services include: preparing dinner, doing laundry, planning visits and outings, shopping for clothes and groceries, vacuuming, providing assistance with shower & shampoo, paying bills, or just having someone to talk to. Phone: 1-800-639-3084, PO Box 358, Gardiner, website: http://www.homecareforme.org

Elder Independence of Maine:

Elder Independence of Maine is a statewide home care coordination agency, which works locally with SeniorsPlus, an Area Agency on Aging. EIM connects people throughout Maine to home care services. EIM finds the best services that are available for the clients through the extensive network of providers. EIM helps clients stay in their homes to live a happier and healthier life. Phone: (207) 795-7213 or 1-888-234-3920, PO Box 659, Lewiston, ME 04243-0659, Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Website: http://www.elderindependence.org/

Private Home Care Providers:

For a listing of private home care providers please visit, www.TheCommunityConnector.org or call the Healthy Community Coalition at (207) 645-3136 x 5103.

Goold Health Systems (GHS): The State of Maine's Community Assessment Program provides health care assessments to individuals over 18 years of age, through a referral from a medical service provider. In 1998 GHS took over management of the program, when it made the transition from paper to electronic assessments. The GHS Community Assessment Program team is comprised of more than 60 nurse assessors and supported by administrative staff who coordinate the assessments from hospitals, nursing facilities, individuals' homes, and other health care facilities. We also staff a toll-free help desk to receive referrals from medical providers and answer questions about existing or past cases. Each of our nurse assessors carries a laptop computer. After each assessment, the information collected is directly relayed to our office and to the Bureau of Elder and Adult Services, via a statewide network of secure dial-in locations. Phone: 1-800-609-7893, PO Box 1090, Augusta, ME 04332, website: www.ghsinc.com/health.php.

Parish Based Health Ministry: Nurses reach out to members of the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic parish community to serve others in a time of need. Nurses will provide spiritual comfort, emotional support and caring. Nurses also provide information, however, they do not provide clinical nursing or perform medical procedures. Nurses promote and support spiritual healing and wellness. Phone: (207) 778-2778 or 778-4773, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church 133 Middle St., Farmington

St. Rose of Lima Parish Nurses: Nurses reach out to members of the St. Rose of Lima parish community to serve others in a time of need. Nurses will provide spiritual comfort, emotional support and caring. Nurses also provide information, however, they do not provide clinical nursing or perform medical procedures. Nurses promote and support spiritual healing and wellness. Phone: (207) 897-2173, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 1 Church St., Jay