The COVID-19 Pandemic: Reactions and Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted several Mainers to voice their insights on our healthcare system, using phrases such as “wake-up call” and “major failing”.  Mainers have also been inspired by the leadership of Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  To quote Dr. Shah: “If you are feeling stressed in these times, reach out. People will be there for you,...

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February 2020 News

Bangor City Council passes healthcare resolution Becomes first municipality in Maine since 2001 to support equitable healthcare At its February 10 meeting, the Bangor City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging the Maine Legislature to create an equitable healthcare system for the state and all its residents. “We appreciate the support of the Bangor City Council in our efforts, and we hope passage of the resolution will...

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Survey Suggests Majority of Mainers Consider Healthcare “Unaffordable”

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February 26, 2020 AUGUSTA, Maine — We hear a lot about healthcare and healthcare reform on the national stage these days. But what do Mainers experience with healthcare today, and what do they think about our current system? To try to answer these questions, Maine AllCare asked people from around the state about the accessibility and affordability of healthcare in a survey done in...

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Bangor City Council Passes Healthcare Resolution

BANGOR COUNCIL PASSES HEALTHCARE RESOLUTION: Becomes First Municipality in Maine since 2001 to Support Equitable Healthcare Bangor, Maine The Bangor City Council has approved unanimously a resolution urging  the Maine Legislature to create an equitable healthcare system for the state and all its residents. The passing of the resolution, initially presented by members of the Bangor chapter of Maine AllCare, makes Bangor the first municipality in Maine...

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Report claims healthcare plan could reduce costs, cover everyone in Maine

Note: this news article was originally published in the Machias Valley News Observer on January 6, 2020, and is reprinted here in full, with permission from the publisher. by Ruth Leubecker An all-encompassing healthcare proposal could save Maine $1.5 billion in healthcare spending, according to a new analysis released by Maine AllCare. “When every Mainer is covered, and there is never a bill to patients. When doctors...

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January News: Second Largest Physicians Group in US Endorses Universal Health Care

January 2020 News Historic sea change in physician support for universal health care In a report published on January 21, 2020, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, The American College of Physicians endorsed structural health care reform to achieve universal healthcare via two potential paths–a single-payer system or a publicly funded option offered alongside regulated private insurance. The report, “Envisioning a Better US Health Care System for...

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Report: Universal healthcare would protect all Mainers, save state $1.5 billion annually

Not only would a universal healthcare system provide coverage for all Mainers, it would save the state roughly $1.5 billion dollars per year, according to a recently released analysis by the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP). The analysis, conducted on behalf of MaineAllCare, was the subject of a Dec. 16 hearing before the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance, and Financial Services. MaineAllCare, a...

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New Report: Universal Health Care in Maine Could Reduce Costs & Cover Everyone

New Report: Universal health care in Maine could reduce costs and cover everyone DECEMBER 16, 2019 AUGUSTA, Maine — A universal, publicly funded health care system that covers every Maine resident could save Maine $1.5 billion in total health care spending, according to a new analysis released today by Maine AllCare. The analysis, conducted by Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) on behalf of Maine AllCare, was...

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November News and Information

Maine AllCare November News & Updates Universal health care: is it possible in Maine? On October 31, Maine Public’s Speaking in Maine featured a discussion and debate about health care options for Maine, with Dr. Phil Caper of Maine AllCare and Matt Gagnon of the Maine Heritage Policy Center. The debate ranged from universal health care to free-market options. The conversation was originally produced by WERU radio...

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September News

Making the Case: An International Perspective On The Paradoxes Of US Health Care In research supported by The Commonwealth Fund and reported on the Health Affairs blog, ten Harkness Fellows in health care policy and practice reflect on the U.S. health care system. “The United States undeniably provides some of the best health care and is one of the most innovative nations in the world. Financial investments...

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