Maine climbed one spot to 9th in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Maine, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Maine started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Maine's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Maine DHA — The Maine Legislature created DHA in 2003 as “an independent executive agency to arrange for the provision of comprehensive, affordable health care coverage to eligible small employers, including the self-employed, their employees and dependents, and individuals on a voluntary basis.
Maine’s Consumer Guide to Individual Health Insurance — Guaranteed-issue individual health insurance is available in Maine from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, MEGA Life & Health Insurance Company, and several health maintenance organizations (HMOs). This guide attempts to help you compare and contrast the options.
Department of Health and Human Services — Page of links to health insurance resources, provided by the state of Maine.
The Maine People’s Alliance — MPA fights for quality, affordable health care for all Mainers and supports a universal, single-payer health care system.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Maine.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Maine -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Maine.
Why health care reform is important to Maine -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Maine.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Maine -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Maine.
Maine mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Maine -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
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Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $463 per family in 2012.
01/23/2013 4:01 PM
Portland Press Herald — A key legislative committee discussed the option of a partnership model for its health insurance exchange. However, committee chair Rep. Sharon Treat says changing direction now is a bad idea.
12/06/2012 10:12 PM
Portland Press Herald — Despite the title and the responsibilities listed in the job posting, the person eventually hired as the state’s ”health exchange coordinator” will not develop or implement a state-run health insurance exchange. Rather, the coordinator will serve as a liaison between two state departments, Professional & Financial Regulation and Health & Human Services, as they implement parts of the Affordable Care Act.
11/28/2012 10:11 PM
Morning Sentinel — Maine is looking to hire a health exchange coordinator. The posting has people talking as Gov. Paul LePage formally announced the state will not implement an exchange.
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