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Welcome to Maine AllCare Chapters

Our goal is to make health care accessible to everyone in Maine. Chapters work at the local level, informing and educating our neighbors about the need to transform our current, cumbersome and increasingly costly insurance based system into a statewide, publicly funded universal health care system. We do this through community health forums, guided discussions, film screenings and similar community sponsored events. We currently have four active chapters around the state. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Please join us. Everyone welcome.

Portland Chapter: Leader – Dan Bryant MD, Contact: dacabr@aol.com
Meets 4th Wednesday of each month 7- 8:30 PM at Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland, ME

Midcoast Chapter – Brunswick: Leader – Bill Clark MD, Contact: wdclark@gwi.net
Meets each month, but no set schedule, 5:30-7:00 PM at Universal Unitarian Church, 1 Middle Street Brunswick ME Please see our Calendar to confirm upcoming meetings.

River Valley Chapter – Rumford: Leader – Joe Sirois, Contact: jnsirois@roadrunner.com
Meets each month, but no set schedule, 4-5:30 PM at the Rumford Public Library, 56 Rumford Ave, Rumford, ME 04276 Please see our Calendar to confirm upcoming meetings.

Downeast Chapter – Blue Hill: Leader – Joe Lendvai, Contact: jlendvai@maineallcare.org
Meets fourth Sunday of each month 4-5:30 PM at the Blue Hill Library, 52 Parker Point Road Blue Hill ME 04614

Bangor Chapter – Bangor: Leader Nate Shea, Contact: nateshea78@gmail.com
Meets second Saturday of each month 8:30-9:30 AM at Bagel Central, upstairs meeting room, 33 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401

 

Recent Meeting Minutes (abbreviated)

DOWNEAST CHAPTER

March 19, 2017 meeting, 3-4:30 pm, Howard Room, Blue Hill Library – DRAFT Minutes

24 people attending, including 10 for the first time; minutes by Liz Solet

Introductions

Urgent News: American Health Care Act (AHCA) up for vote in House later this week. Senate vote expected in early April. Many feel compelled to move against the AHCA now, to not lose gains under ACA.

New group: Maine Providers Standing Up for Healthcare. Held press conference 3/18/17 in Portland. Advocating for keeping ACA as immediate goal. Receptive to MAC goal of universal SP health care.

New MAC Chapter formed in Bangor. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BangorMaineAllCare/

FIX IT screening in East Blue Hill, Founders Hall 3/19/17 6pm — w Q&A , panel discussion Another new group formed in Ellsworth, Downeast Civil Action Alliance (DECAA). Includes health care issues.

Reviewed MAC Board news highlights. New organizing committees: education/outreach, fundraising. focus on partnerships.

Upcoming events: Rally on Union Bridge Ellsworth 3/25/17 in support of Medicare for all. St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church on Deer Isle, April 25th; film and discussion.

Discussion: importance of letter writing to newspapers. Many Chapter members are doing it.

Formed new Chapter Sub-committee on education.

HR 676 - introduced by Rep. Conyers again. Rep. Pingree one of 72 co-sponsors.

Report on Swedish health care system funding, Par Kettis.

Next meeting: Sunday April 23, 2017 3 pm at Blue Hill Library.

 

RIVER VALLEY CHAPTER

Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Rumford Library

Chapter leader Joe Sirois opened the meeting at 4:30. Six members in attendance.

Upcoming events will be the showing of The HealthCare Movie. Members approved a poster and discussed possibilities for 3 viewing sites. More to follow through email and at a future meeting.

Joe reported that he had staffed a table in the Social Responsibility tent at the Common Ground Fair, as we have for the last 3 years. He also handed out recent news items on single-payer health-care efforts that are in progress throughout the country.

Next meeting will be announced as need arises. In the meantime we will communicate by email about dates and times for the showing of the movie. Adjournment at 5:00.

Respectfully submitted, Anne Wood

 

BANGOR CHAPTER

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Bagel Central

Maine AllCare Bangor Chapter held its first organizing meeting on March 18th, 2017. The initial group of 11 attendees included Debbie Atwood, the Maine AllCare Board Chapter coordinator. We have a new Facebook page.

The Chapter elected the following officers:

  • Nate Shea, Chapter Leader email: nateshea78@gmail.com
  • Jeff Graham, Secretary
  • Andrew Sarto, Treasurer
  • Fredrick Smith, Programs Director
  • Tim Burns, HOPE Festival organization & signs

Next meeting: May 13th 8:30 AM at Bagel Central, upstairs meeting room, 33 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401

MIDCOAST CHAPTER

Monday, March 22, 2017, 5:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick

20 attending, including many new faces.

  1. We discussed Recent Events:
    • “Midcoast Voices”- a new women’s advocacy group invited MAC to introduce itself on 3/18; Many attendees joined MCChapter
    • 3/8 UUCB showing of Now Is The Time–, ~35 attendees
    • 3/16 People Plus- MAC asked Senator King at Universal Coverage. He said: “I’m not there, yet,” and “too big a leap”.
    • A demonstration in Damariscotta at the Newcastle bridge provided many MAC contacts
  2. We discussed events Coming up:
    • 3/26 Now Is The Time @ First Parish, after services.
    • 3/27 HCHR Coalition sponsoring Town Hall w Portland area legislators.
    • 3/29 Now Is The Time, and discussion will be at Sagadahoc Dems, Patten Free Library, Bath
  3. Discussion of “jobs” that we will need to fill, to make the MCC an effective local advocacy group.
    • Chapter Scribe, Events Wrangler, Data Czar, Letters to the Editor (LTE) Coordinator, House Party Captain, Phone Bank Captain, Canvass Captain
    • 2 or 3 people said they would host a house party, soon.
  4. Maine AllCare Partnership activity. new MAC committee, which will seek biz & organizations who will share MAC goals and info.
  5. Richard Master, the producer of “FixIt” is producing a new movie, previewed by the MAC Board: Big Pharma.
  6. Next meetings Wednesday 4/26, and 5/24 at 5:30, at UUCB.

 

PORTLAND CHAPTER

March 29, 2017, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland

Members present: Nancy Bogg, Dan Bryant (Leader), Mark Kiefner, Roger Marchand, Marilyn McWilliams, Ann Morrill, Robert Morrill, Elizabeth Oatley, Nancy O’Hagan, Delene Perley, Marjorie Rosenbaum, David Scotton, Bonney Starbird, David Wilcock, Dianne Wilkins.

1 - Introductions

2 – Corrected minutes of February 22, 2017 were approved.

3 – Dan summarized the March 2 Board meeting minutes.

4 – For the record, and the benefit of newcomers, Dan listed recent chapter actions -

5 – Future chapter actions –

  • Now is the Time screening, June 6, 5:30 (film 6 to 7, panel discussion after), Rines Auditorium Portland Public Library (165 seats).
  • Signature gathering - Longfellow Books and markets
  • Business endorsements
  • Roger announced that SMWC’s collection of healthcare stories should be published in the next few months.
  • Dan announced the following:
  • Showing of Now Is the Time to the Primary Care Progress group at MMC is set for April 13. 6-8 PM, Dana #7
  • MAC’s parent group, Physicians for a National Health Program, is calling for a National Day of Action in support of Improved Medicare for All April 8
  • Health Care Forum (improve ACA), April 11, Windham Library

6 – HCHR status – Dianne announced an HCHR breakfast meeting April 22, 10-12, at SMWC (68 Washington Ave.).

7 – Meeting was adjourned at 9:00. Next meetings were set for April 25 and May 16 (Tuesdays), 7 PM, at Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church.

Respectfully submitted, Dan Bryant