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New Maine co-op trumping Wellpoint in marketplace enrollment

Bloomberg News — A start-up health plan, Maine Community Health Options, has captured 80 percent of enrollees through the health insurance marketplace. Nationally, 23 co-ops have enrolled about 300,000 people.

March 13, 2014

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Maine Republicans prefer marketplace to Medicaid expansion

Associated Press — While few Maine Republican legislators are fans of the health insurance marketplace, some are now promoting it as a better option than expanding the state’s Medicaid program. The Maine Legislature has twice passed bills authorizing Medicaid expansion; both have been vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage.

March 11, 2014

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Maine physician association speak up for Medicaid expansion

WMTW — Members of the Maine Medical Association and other medical professional held a news conference at the State House to express support for expanding Medicaid. The legislature is again considering a Medicaid expansion bill, despite a Gov. Paul LePage veto of a similar bill in 2013.

January 23, 2014

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Maine legislators ask regulators to scrutinize hospital access

SeaCoastonline.com — Eight York County legislators asked the Maine Bureau of Insurance to consider geographic coverage when reviewing health insurers’ networks. The legislators expressed concern that policies offered through the health insurance marketplace do not provide adequate access in southern Maine.

January 22, 2014

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No surprises: older Maine residents quicker to sign up for health insurance

Maine Sun Journal — A federal report confirmed what was widely expected: Those over 45 are signing up for health insurance at a greater rate than those who are under 35. In Maine, more than 60 percent of marketplace enrollees are 45 to 64, compared to less than 20 percent in the 18-to-34 bracket.

January 13, 2014

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Maine’s approach to the Affordable Care Act

Bangor Daily News — Maine refused to set up its own health insurance marketplace and is instead relying on the federal marketplace. The state also refused to expand eligibility for its Medicaid program. In fact, Maine cut more about 22,000 people from its program.

October 11, 2013

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Maine residents face slow go on federal marketplace

Associated Press — Consistent with the experience across the country, Maine consumers faced long wait times and error messages when trying to access Healthcare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace. Maine officials say about 250,000 state residents may use the marketplace.

October 1, 2013

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Health insurance costs remain high in Maine

Portland Press Herald — A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that health insurance on the new marketplace will cost more in Maine than in many other states. However, experts say coverage is more  affordable than what was previously available — and it is more comprehensive.

September 26, 2013

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