January 23, 2013
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.Tags: aca, Maine, maine state health insurance exchange
December 6, 2012
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.Tags: aca, Maine, maine state health insurance exchange
November 28, 2012
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.Tags: aca, Maine, maine state health insurance exchange
September 17, 2012
Residents in Maine are seeing increases in health insurance premiums by age, geography and more, as so-called “free market reforms” meant to undo Obamacare have backfired. Especially hard hit are some in rural areas, where access to doctors and hospitals have become more difficult. Delivery of health care, and free market forces, are not as compatible as many politicians may have us believe. Read more.
August 17, 2012
Many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) are meant to encourage innovation, and a $62 million federal grant to set up a non-profit health insurance co-op does just that. The co-op will target small businesses and uninsured individuals, offering subsidies to purchase health insurance for residents up to 400 percent of the poverty line. Maine has the 10th most expensive healthcare in the nation, so a non-profit approach means any excess dollars can be recycled into lower premiums or better care.
July 13, 2012
GovHealthIT – In what is shaping up as the first state-federal showdown on Medicaid following the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Barack Obama’s health law, Maine is moving ahead with plans to cut about 38,000 people from its rolls to balance its state budget.
April 5, 2012
Bangor Daily News–Maine’s Republican legislature has prevented the creation of a health insurance exchange until after the U.S. Supreme Court releases its decision regarding the Affordable Care Act. The legislation also says that only licensed insurance brokers can enroll people in health plans through an exchange, and navigators must also be fingerprinted.Tags: aca, Maine, maine state health insurance exchange
March 29, 2012
Maine Sun Journal–Some of Maine’s legislators have slowed the process to create a state health insurance exchange, wanting to wait to hear the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act.Tags: aca, Maine, maine state health insurance exchange
March 27, 2012
Morning Sentinel–Despite the fact that there is bipartisan support to create a state health insurance exchange in Maine, the legislature’s Republican lawmakers voted against creating one the same day the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.Tags: aca, Maine, maine state health insurance exchange
November 30, 2011
MPBN – Governor Paul LePage is catching flack from Maine Democrats for accepting federal funds to plan a state health insurance exchange while at the same time pursuing a lawsuit in attempt to block the federal health reform law.Tags: lepage, Maine, maine state health insurance exchange
February 24, 2010
Think Progress – If Democrats move to pass health care reform after tomorrow’s summit, their newfound momentum can be at least partly attributed to WellPoint’s decision todrastically increase premiumsin California’s individual health insurance market. The rate increases highlighted the broken health care system and pressured lawmakers to drastically reform the individual health insurance market. The administration’s strong response also enunciated the differences in lawmakers’ approach to reform and may have pushed the President toadd stronger cost control provisionsinto his health care blue-print.Tags: Colorado, Connecticut health insurance, Georgia, health care nightmare, health care nightmares, health insurance premiums, health reform, Indiana, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia health insurance, Wisconsin
February 11, 2010
Politico.com – Is Judd Gregg a tease or a real potential partner for President Barack Obama in trying to salvage some health care reform in this Congress?Tags: Congress, Democrats, health care, health insurance, House of Representatives, Judd Gregg, Maine, Nevada, Obama, Olympia Snowe, President Barack Obama, President Obama, Reid, Republicans, Susan Collins
February 3, 2010
Maine Public Broadcasting Network – One aspect of the national debate on health care reform played out at the State House today where supporters and opponents squared off over a bill that would prohibit lifetime and annual payment caps on health insurance. Backers of the measure claim at least 100 Maine families a year are facing financial ruin when they exceed the caps on benefits contained in their policies, and are forced to pay the difference out of pocket. Opponents claim that lifting the limits will only drive up costs and make insurance less affordable.Tags: health insurance, health reform, insurance companies, Maine
January 31, 2010
Wall Street Journal – The White House will include an additional $25 billion in Medicaid funding for states in the federal budget to be released Monday, spending that Democrats originally hoped to include in their health overhaul.Tags: Congress, Democrats, federal budget, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Medicaid, Nebraska, Nelson, Republicans, Sebelius, Senate, Washington
January 30, 2010
Political Animal (Washington Monthly) – There were reports this week that some Senate Democrats had once again decided to reach out to Maine’s Republican senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, about health care reform. Yesterday, Snowe acknowledged some talks had, in fact, already occurred.Tags: Congress, Democrats, health reform, Olympia Snowe, Republicans, Senate, Senate Finance Committee
September 8, 2009
The Treatment (The New Republic) – It looks like the White House’s endgame may very well include a public option trigger, as a means of bringing Olympia Snowe and other key centrists on board. In fact, Obama met with Snowe today to talk about the bill, so there’s no question that her ideas and concerns are being taken quite seriously. But what would a Snowe-endorsed trigger actually look like? Today, I spoke with some sources close to the debate and got a clearer picture of the kind of fall-back plan she’d be inclined to support:Tags: Congress, health insurance, health reform, public option, public plan, Snowe
March 31, 2009
Maine Public Broadcasting Network – The number one concern among Maine doctors is the number of people in the state without health insurance. That’s according to a survey by the Maine Medical Association. The survey found that expanding care to the uninsured was the top priority of 58 percent of the physicians surveyed.Tags: health care, health insurance, Survey, uninsured
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