The ACA from a Navigator’s Perspective

“I became a volunteer ACA Navigator in 2014 and have worked with hundreds of people in the Blue Hill Peninsula over the past six years. It has been a privilege to do this and a great satisfaction to help people obtain health care coverage. However, I am acutely aware that the ACA is moving farther away from its goal of providing universal, affordable health care. More than...

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Study Shows Universal Healthcare in Maine Could Cover Everyone — and Cost Less

Maine has waited long enough. For years now, America has famously had the world’s highest health care costs among developed nations — yet has the lowest health care quality. Why? Because the middleman in our healthcare system has been the private insurance industry, which by almost any sensible measure has failed the American people. The industry accepts massive taxpayer subsidies yet rations access to doctors and quality...

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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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Single-payer would give U.S. patients, caregivers more control over health care system

Maine Voices: Single-payer would give U.S. patients, caregivers more control over health care system Weaker campaign finance laws have enabled insurers and Big Pharma to create a system that benefits only them. BY JOSHUA GEAR – SPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD – DECEMBER 3, 2019 https://www.pressherald.com/2019/12/03/maine-voices-2-2/ YORK — As a medical student, I remember HMOs being touted as the answer to the spiraling costs of health care...

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Fixing our health care system’s intrinsic problems

Columnist misconstrues intent of ‘Medicare for All’ It’s about fixing our health care system’s intrinsic problems, not ‘the mechanics of insurance.’ https://www.pressherald.com/2019/11/10/letter-to-the-editor-columnist-misconstrues-intent-of-medicare-for-all/ Reading Dr. Leana S. Wen’s Oct. 20 commentary, “Can we stop talking about Medicare for All?” (Page D1), I felt that she, as a professional on the front lines, gave excellent examples of major issues with our current health care system, such as the closing...

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Mainers need consistent dental care

Mainers need consistent dental care Dentists’ annual free clinics are a gift, but it will take legislative funding to ensure that thousands of Maine adults get regular services. https://www.pressherald.com/2019/11/09/letter-to-the-editor-mainers-need-dental-care-every-day/ Last Friday’s winds blew cold as folks lined up outside dental offices, each uninsured and anxious to get treatment at no cost. For 11 years now, Dentists Who Care for ME has held free clinics offering cleanings, fillings...

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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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A public option is not enough – Maine needs universal coverage

Maine Voices:  A public option is not enough – Maine needs universal coverage By Dr. Julie Pease, Special to the Portland Press Herald, September 16, 2019 pressherald.com/2019/09/16/maine-voices-public-option-is-not-enough-maine-needs-universal- TOPSHAM — In reaction to public support for universal health care coverage, some Maine health care reform advocates promote a public option. From my perspective as a physician who has advocated for universal coverage, a public option is not enough....

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