September 17, 2017 – Maine AllCare Downeast Chapter Meeting Minutes

Maine AllCare Downeast Chapter September 17, 2017 meeting Minutes Howard Room, Blue Hill Library   Attending: Lynn Cheney, Joe Lendvai, Liz Solet, Betsy Braunhut, Robert Grant, Jeff Milliken, Jon Albrecht, Hunt Gressitt, Kevin Ross, Phil Caper, Ruth Ryan, Bonnie Preston, Ted Fletcher, Barbara Eaton, Barbara Presson, Betsy Armstrong. Minutes: Liz Solet   AGENDA ITEMS WHO DISCUSSION & NOTES INTRODUCTIONS OLD BUSINESS Approve August minutes All Motion; second; carried

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Maine Voices: The time for universal health care and single-payer is near

On October 13, 2017, the Portland Press Herald published an important opinion piece written by Dr. Richard Dillihunt. Dr. Dillihunt is a retired surgeon, and a longstanding staunch advocate for universal healthcare. He has testified several times at the Maine State Legislature, most recently in May, on behalf of Rep. Heidi Brooks’ “Healthy Maine Act” to provide universal healthcare to everyone in Maine. Excerpts are published below. For

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My child’s depression swallowed her whole. I took the steps to get her help. Then the bills came.

Even when someone with good insurance is a skilled navigator of our complex and dysfunctional healthcare system, she can be overwhelmed by the stresses and costs that accrue when finding and receiving care for serious illnesses. This powerful story by Suzanne Carver articulates some of the problems associated our healthcare system, problems that would be eliminated with a single publicly funded healthcare plan for all. My child’s depression

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Maine AllCare October Newsletter

“Incredible Support” for Universal Health Care The highlight for many Mainers during the month of September is the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity. This was certainly true for the Maine AllCare field team who had a table in the Social & Political Action tent during all three days. Thanks to an incredible show of support from volunteers across the state, they were able to exceed our goals

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Sept 24, 2017 – Stonington Healthcare Forum

 Stonington Healthcare Forum By Joe Lendvai Maine State Representative Walter Kumiega of Little Deer Isle, pictured center with microphone in hand, makes a point about the correlation between poverty and poor health as part of public discussion over the future of healthcare in Maine. Other members of the expert panel that answered questions from the audience at the Stonington Opera House Healthcare Forum on Sunday, September 24th included,

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Sept 2017 – Portland Chapter Minutes

MAINE ALLCARE PORTLAND CHAPTER MEETING MINUTES: September 27, 2017, 7 PM ALLEN AVENUE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, 524 ALLEN AVENUE, PORTLAND  Members present: Nancy Bogg, chair, Elizabeth Oatley, scribe, Larry Kaplan, Tovah Foss, Audrey Briggs, Jan Chapman, Diana Cundy, Ed Cundy, Marjorie Rosenbaum. Guests: Chris Cayer (Statewide Field Organizer) 1 – Called to order at 8:05 & introductions 2 – Minutes of August 23, 2017 approved 3– Recent chapter actions/involvements St. Albans

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September 2017 – Mid-Coast Chapter Meeting Minutes

Attending: Bill Clark, Jean Sawyer, Virginia Derr,  Frederick Lancaster, Bill Eaton, Gail Eaton, MAC Board member-Marilyn McWilliams, Julie Pease, Loren Arford, Will Neilson, Poppy Arford. Minutes: Gail Eaton Introductions made, agenda adjusted Marilyn spoke on behalf of the MAC Board– Discussed the role and places of chapters; Started the year with 4 chapters, now have 10 with 2 more coming Started with 4,000 supporters and now have 15,000

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Sept 9 2017 – Bangor Maine All Care Meeting

Attendees: Nate Shea (chair), Andrew Sarto, Carol Bodner, Jeff Graham, Tim Burns (new co-chair) Report on the showing of “Now’s the Time” at the Peace and Justice Center: good attendance and response Future events could be held there for $10/hr MAC message on Medicaid expansion: “we are supportive” MAC state-level organizers Brian Funk and Kyle Bailey will help organize house parties if desired Herman “Sizzler” event small response

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Maine has 1,329,608 reasons for universal health care

Reason #1 “When I talk about health care I often tell people that I am retired from the U.S. Navy with 28 years of service. I don’t do that so that people will thank me for my service. My country has thanked me by providing my wife and me with health care insurance for the rest of our lives. I believe that the mill worker is serving his

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