A Prescription for ALL Americans – Expand and Improve Medicare

Maine AllCare board member Suzanne Roberts, MD, MDiv spoke at the Portland celebration of Medicare’s 50th birthday on July 30, 2015 Hello Everyone! My name is Suzanne Roberts and I am a doctor. I practice Primary Care Internal Medicine in Old Orchard Beach Maine. I am the Vice President of MaineAllCare, which is the Maine chapter of a national organization called Physicians for a National Health Program....

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River Valley Chapter rocks!

Mitzi and Kim Sequoia of the River Valley Chapter of Maine AllCare chat with Monica Wood of Portland at the Fourth of July events at Hosmer Field in Rumford. Throughout the day Chapter members handed out literature and lemonade and spoke with a large number of local residents and some visitors to the area. An additional feature of the booth was a free gift basket that was...

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Maine AllCare River Valley Chapter Report – Rumford

The Maine AllCare River Valley chapter gathered at the Rumford library for its second meeting on April 18 to share updates and formulate a plan for the next few months. Group leader Joe Sirois spoke of the legislative committee meeting in Augusta in March, at which time Maine citizens presented testimony on the urgent need for improved and equitable health care. Joe was among the speakers, and...

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Update – LD 384 receives bipartisan support

LD 384 (as amended) the “Resolve, to Study the Design and Implementation of Options for a Universal Health Care Plan in Maine” passed by a vote of 10 to 1 by the Insurance and Financial Services Committe of the Legislature – only Rep. Wallace voted against it. Sen. Whittemore and Rep. Melaragno were absent. After revisions to the language, the bill will be going before the full...

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Large Turnout in Support of Health Care for All

The legislative hearing room of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee was filled to capacity with supporters of universal health care as committee chair Senator Rodney Whittemore gaveled open the meeting. Sen. Geoff Gratwick (D-Bangor), sponsor of LD 384, a “Resolve to Study the Design Options for a Unified Universal Health Care Plan” introduced his bill before his fellow committee members by making a surprise announcement. He...

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River Valley Area Forms Maine AllCare Chapter

The River Valley Area comprising Rumford, Mexico, and Dixfield held its first chapter meeting on February 28 at the Rumford library with Joe Sirois acting as chapter leader. Energy was high and attendees shared personal stories. Maine AllCare Board Members Henk Goorhuis, M.D.; Charlie Priest, Esq; and Alice Knapp, Esq. attended and answered questions from the perspective of physicians, legislators, lawyers, and private citizens. Discussion centered around...

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The Affordable Care Act

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) gives 16 million uninsured Americans access to non-emergency health care for the first time by offering more than $800 billion in federal funding to states over the next 10 years to expand Medicaid. So far, 25 states and the District of Columbia have opted to take advantage of this money to provide health coverage to adults with incomes of up to 138...

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Letters from the voters – Another View: A ‘for profit’ health care system will continue to fail U.S.

Every other developed country guarantees health care for its citizens, and they all do it for a lesser price. I’ve read with interest the writing in the Telegram on health care: an editorial that endorsed the notion of increasing health insurance coverage for the working poor (“Our View: Increase in uninsured begs for a new approach,” Sept. 21), and a commentary comparing the economics of health care...

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Letters from the voters – Letter to the editor: Single-payer health plan in Maine would benefit everyone

Steve Mistler’s Sept. 17 article “Number of Mainers without health insurance rose 9 percent in 2013″ notes Maine is one of two states with “a rise in the number of people without health insurance from 2012 to 2013.” Thus, Maine’s uninsured comprise “147,000, or 11.2 percent of the state’s population.” Mistler reports tactical comments from gubernatorial candidates. No one mentions covering every Maine person with a fair...

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Letters from the voters – Health dollars wasted

A recent study of the hospital costs in eight different nations published in the September issue of Health Affairs has determined that hospital costs in the U.S. in 2011 were much greater than those in all of the nations studied. Lead author Dr. David Himmelstein, a professor at the CUNY/Hunter College School of Public Health and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, stated, “We are squandering $150...

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