The Study Group on Long Term Care Options in Maine is a group of interested citizens brought together by the National Academy for State Health Policy at the request of the UNUM Foundation to discuss how Maine provides long term care services to people in need. Because all of us could need long term care if we experience an accident, chronic illness, unexpected birth outcome, or the frailties that can come with age, it is important that citizens learn about, discuss and guide how the current system of care will serve them. We are not experts on long term care but individuals without a specific agenda or organizational viewpoint to advance. We were invited to participate in the Study Group because of our knowledge of Maine and out ability to think creatively about complex issues. We are from all over the state from Portland to Presque Isle. We see ourselves as potential consumers of long term care, and so bring the voice of the community to some of the issues that policy officials struggle with in financing and delivering a complex array of services to a diverse population.