A decade of Maine AllCare testimony for universal healthcare for Maine

The first universal healthcare legislation for Maine was submitted in 1993. "An Act to Provide Family Security through Quality, Affordable Health Care" (LD 1285) proposed the establishment of  a universal healthcare system that offered choice of coverage through organized delivery systems or through a managed care system operated by the Maine Health Care Agency, channeling all healthcare dollars through a dedicated trust fund.

In 2001, the Health Care System and Health Security Board was established by Maine law. While the purpose of the Board was “to develop recommendations to provide universal access to health care coverage for all Maine citizens," the Health Security Board was specifically required “to assess the feasibility and cost of implementing a single-payer health care system in Maine." The Health Security Board engaged the consulting group Mathematica, which completed a fiscal study that demonstrated the feasibility of universal healthcare for Maine. Since 2002, several attempts have been made to pass legislation to enact universal healthcare for Maine, and to update the Mathematica study.

Dr. William Hsiao, healthcare economist, delivers testimony to the Maine Legislature, 2010

When Maine AllCare was formed in 2010, its first action was to bring Dr. William Hsiao to Maine, where he testified to the Joint Committee on Health Care Reform Opportunities and Implementation on “Taiwan’s Health Reforms: Lessons for the USA and Maine.”

View Dr Hsiao’s testimony on YouTube HERE.
Read Maine AllCare’s testimony delivered by Dr. Phil Caper and attorney Alice Knapp HERE.
Dr Hsiao also gave a lecture at Bates College on the same topic. View his Powerpoint presentation: Dr. Hsiao, presentation on Taiwan's Health Reforms 10.16.10_1_PPT

Standing Room Only at an HCIFS Committee hearing on universal healthcare

Since 2011, Maine AllCare has encouraged supporters to testify at the Maine Legislature on behalf of universal healthcare for Maine. On several occasions, dozens of supporters have packed the Health Care, Insurance and Financial Services (HCIFS) hearing room to present and to listen to testimony. Below is a list with links to legislation and testimony presented by Maine legislators and Maine AllCare supporters between 2011 and 2020.

2011

LD 57: “Resolve, To Update the Study Regarding the Feasibility of Establishing a Single-payor Health Care System,” sponsored by Representative Paulette Beaudoin
LD 1397: “An Act To Establish a Single-payor Health Care System To Be Effective in 2017,” sponsored by Representative Charles Priest
Committee Amendment - ‘Resolve, To Study the Design and Implementation of a Single-payor Health Care Plan That Is in Compliance with the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’
Link to Maine AllCare's talking points about LD 1397. (Public testimony for these bills is no longer archived on the Maine Legislature website.)

2013

LD 1345: “An Act To Establish a Single-payor Health Care System To Be Effective in 2017,” presented by Representative Charles Priest
Link to public testimony, 46 items
LD 1037: “An Act To Provide Access to Affordable Health Care for All Maine Residents by 2020,” presented by Representative Paul McGowan
Link to public testimony, 1 item

2015

LD 384: "Resolve, To Study the Design and Implementation of Options for a Universal Health Care Plan,” sponsored by Senator Geoffrey Gratwick
Committee Amendment to LD 384 - “Resolve, To Study the Design and Implementation of Options for a Universal Health Care Plan in the State That Is in Compliance with the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”
Link to public testimony, 30 items
LD 815: “An Act to Establish a Unified-payor, Universal Health Care System,” sponsored by Senator Geoffrey Gratwick
Link to public testimony, 12 items

2017-2018

LD 386: "An Act To Establish Universal Health Care for Maine," sponsored by Senator Geoffrey Gratwick
Link to public testimony, 2 items
LD 1274: “An Act To Promote Universal Health Care, Including Dental, Vision and Hearing Care,” presented by Representative Heidi Brooks, sponsored by Senator Geoffrey Gratwick
Link to public testimony, 97 items

2019-2020

LD 52: "An Act To Provide an Affordable and Accessible Health Care System for all Residents of Maine," sponsored by Senator Geoffrey Gratwick
Link to public testimony, 47 items
LD 1611: "An Act To Support Universal Health Care," sponsored by Representative Heidi Brooks
Link to public testimony, 104 items
LD 1617: "An Act To Create a Single-payer Health Care Program in Maine," sponsored by Representative Michael Sylvester
Link to public testimony, 67 items

Would you like to testify in support of universal healthcare?  Maine AllCare offers a guide to preparing and delivering testimony, available HERE.