The Maine Children’s Alliance is pleased to welcome Eric S. Buch of Belfast to the MCA team. As Outreach and Enrollment Specialist, Eric joins MCA in a statewide effort to reduce the number of uninsured children living in Maine through the Connecting Maine Kids to Coverage Project.
This project is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which has awarded Maine nonprofits, led by Maine Consumers for Affordable Health Care, $600,000 to enroll kids in health coverage. While the rates of uninsured children have declined nationally, Maine continues to defy this trend. New data reveals over 17,000 Maine children are living without health insurance and more than half of these children are eligible for coverage through MaineCare.
“For the first time in at least five years, the rate of uninsured children in Maine has risen above the national rate,” said Claire Berkowitz, executive director of MCA. “With this new grant and Eric’s extensive experience, we have the opportunity to make sure more eligible Maine children have access to quality health care.”
With over three decades of experience working to support and strengthen communities throughout Maine and Massachusetts, Eric is eager to improve health outcomes for Maine children and families. Previously, he has held executive positions at multiple United Way organizations and performed similar health care project work for Maine Primary Care Association, Maine Quality Counts and Knox County Health Clinic.
In this position, Eric will coordinate important education and outreach work throughout the state to help Maine families enroll or re-enroll in MaineCare. He will provide overall guidance, organizational support, training, and education for the Connecting Maine Kids to Coverage Project, a multi-organizational initiative led by Consumers for Affordable Health Care. The primary goal of the project is to help eligible children enroll or re-enroll in MaineCare.
To learn more about the Connecting Maine Kids to Coverage Project, check out the official Facebook page.