Consumers for Affordable Health Care – Maine Beacon

As this year’s legislative session wraps up, advocates say Maine lawmakers have taken major steps toward lowering the cost of health care. Surveys have shown that four out of five adults in Maine are concerned about providing the care they may need in the future. Ann Lawson, CEO of Consumer Affordable Healthcare, said this year…

Twelve years ago on this day, then-President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, helping provide health coverage to more than 156,000 people. In the past decade, the national uninsured rate has fallen from more than 30% in 2013 to just under 9% in 2021. Open enrollment ended in January, but…

A new survey found that 63% of adults had difficulty providing health care in the past year and more, 80%, reported being “worried” or “very worried” about their health care provision in the future. The fear Mainers feel about inadequate health coverage, amid the third winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, shows that…

With open enrollment dates for the Affordable Care Act market approaching, groups are urging Mainers to make sure they choose the best health insurance plan for their circumstances. The deadline is next week, December 15, for policies beginning January 1. There’s also another deadline, January 15, for coverage to begin on February 1. The American Rescue…

A group leading a proposed referendum that would require the Maine legislature to create a publicly funded universal health care system is in a final race to gather enough signatures to put the issue on state ballot in November 2022. The proposed ballot initiative, which has been floated by Maine Health Care Action, that would direct state lawmakers…

Maine Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Agash) said Tuesday that he recently met with U.S. Representative Jared Golden and is confident the congressman will support President Joe Biden’s social infrastructure package when the final vote comes. Jackson was speaking in Bangor alongside health care advocates who called on the federal congressional delegation to…

Fourteen-year-old Liu of Waterville recently witnessed a bill making its way through the Maine legislature that would provide emergency access to insulin for a Miner who would otherwise have gone without it. Liu, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 2, can’t remember life without diabetes. Talk about the fact that, because…

Your life and future are now fundamentally affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic. As Mainers anxiously await their vaccination, and lawmakers work to craft the state budget in response to one of the biggest economic crises of our lives, 57 Maine-based organizations have joined forces to call on policymakers to embrace a “vision for…

Amid a pandemic that has caused thousands of Maine residents to lose their jobs, more people are signing up for health care plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace during the open enrollment window, which ends Dec. 15. From November 1 (when open enrollment began) through November 21, 13,595 Mainers select plans through HealthCare.gov. this …

A day before the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Senator Susan Collins and her Republican colleagues on Monday attempted to push through a $2 trillion economic stimulus package, in addition to bailing out businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It undermined a key requirement of the ACA and failed to…

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