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Maine state health insurance exchange
Bangor Daily News — Maine lawmakers passed a bill to expand Medicaid for one year while seeking approval to use federal funds to help residents buy private health insurance through the marketplace in future years. About 70,000 would gain coverage through the proposed approach. However, Gov. Paul LePage is likely to veto the bill.
April 17, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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