It is common for victims to have questions about how everything will get paid for. We will try to answer your questions here.
Who pays for the hospital visit?
The State of Maine Crime Victims’ Compensation Program will pay for the hospital expense which is directly related to the medical/forensic examination including STD and pregnancy prevention treatment. You should not be billed for the hospital cost of the medical/forensic exam. If you do incur other expenses such as lost wages, counseling and other medical expenses, your insurance may cover it. If not, you can apply to the Victims’ Compensation Program for reimbursement. Please contact the SAC&SC and we will help you fill out the application. For further information regarding this program, you can contact the Attorney General’s Office at 207-624-7882 or 1-800-903-7882 or on the web http://www.maine.gov/ag/crime/victims_compensation/index.shtml
WHAT IS THE MAINE VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM?
Who Is Eligible To Apply?
• Victims of violent crimes (including OUI) occurring in Maine
• Dependents and family members of homicide victims
• Any person responsible for the funeral expenses of a homicide victim
What Are The Requirements?
• Must have reported to law enforcement (except in the case of a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam)
• The claimant must cooperate with the reasonable requests of law enforcement officials in the investigation and prosecution of the crime
• The claimant must apply for compensation within three years of injury or crime related loss, unless the victim is a minor or there is good cause for late filing
• If a victim has insurance and other coverage or eligibility for free care or a sliding scale, that must be applied to an expense or loss before Victims’ Compensation pays
What Expenses Are Covered?
• To the extent insurance or other funds do not cover crime related expenses, the claimant may be reimbursed for:
• Medical (including equipment, supplies and medications) limited to 75% of actual charges in most cases
• Dental charges and replacement of dentures
• Counseling expenses (for victims, for family and household members of homicide victims and child sexual assault victims, and for family and household members of the victim who witness the crime)
• Lost wages (for victims only)
• Crime scene cleaning costs (bio-matter)
• Repair or replacement of locks or other security devices
• Expenses NOT covered: property losses, compensation for pain and suffering, and other losses not medically related.