Fix the ACA family coverage “glitch”

August 18, 2015 by

ACAIn the two years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, more Americans have health insurance than ever before. In 2013, before the law took effect, there were 14 states with over 20 percent of their residents uninsured. Now Texas is the only state with more than 20 percent uninsured, but even Texas reduced the number of uninsured by nearly 7 percent. Over the same period, the number … Read the rest

Medicaid works in Maine

August 11, 2015 by

Here are just a few examples of how. Maine children, the elderly, and people with disabilities derive the greatest benefit. But we are all better off when kids get a healthy start, when our parents and grandparents receive proper nursing home care, when people don’t have to rely on emergency rooms but can see a doctor before they become sicker and require more expensive care. Medicaid isn’t just good for … Read the rest

Mainers’ food security depends upon a stronger, improved SNAP

August 10, 2015 by

SNAP logo_smallOver the course of one year, nearly 1 in 5 Mainers will rely on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to put food on the table. Even more, this figure is an underestimation of the number of people who go hungry in Maine, as many are unable to or prevented from utilizing SNAP. There are actions that both the state and the federal government can take to strengthen and … Read the rest

New high school equivalency test providing opportunity for hundreds of Mainers

August 6, 2015 by

Over 400 Mainers who would have been passed over by the traditional GED received their high school diplomas in 2014. That’s 400 more Mainers who now have a better opportunity for a job to support themselves and their families.

It’s because Maine dropped the traditional GED and opted for a new high school equivalency test, Hi-SET™, produced by the nonprofit Educational Testing Service (ETS).

The GED was created for WWII … Read the rest

Medicare: 50 years old and, since health care reform, more fiscally fit

August 4, 2015 by

You know there’s an election coming when you start hearing politicians claiming that Medicare is on the verge of bankruptcy. And with the first presidential debate scheduled for Thursday, the Doomsday Dirge has begun. Before we bury the body, let’s check the vital signs. Last week, Medicare trustees weighed in and to paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of Medicare’s death are greatly exaggerated.

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Happy birthday to Medicaid and to the thousands of children whose lives it has saved

August 3, 2015 by

I will never forget one day when was in my late 20s, expecting my first baby. I happened to be alone with my grandmother in her tiny, gleaming kitchen. She paused, then asked gravely, “Now: have you put aside money for the hospital?”

“Well, not really, Grammy,” I stammered, perplexed by the question and her sudden seriousness. “We  . . . we have health insurance to cover it.”

She accepted … Read the rest

Medicare at 50

July 30, 2015 by

Medicare at 50 7-30-2015 bannerHarry Truman was president when I was born. I was 13 years old on July 30, 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Missouri to sign the new law creating Medicare, in the presence of former President Truman, one of the law’s greatest advocates and the program’s first enrollee in 1966.

The data since the law took effect reveal stunning results:

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The day health care in America changed forever

July 29, 2015 by

Tomorrow, July 30, is a date of historic firsts.

In 1619, the House of Burgesses, America’s first elected governing assembly met for the first time in Virginia, just 12 years after the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown.

In 1792, 500 Marseillaisians sang France’s national anthem for first time, Allons enfants de la patrie . . .

And in 1965, July 30th was the day health care in America changed … Read the rest

Department of Defense moves to protect service members and their families from abusive creditors

July 23, 2015 by

A soldier returns from a tour of duty in Afghanistan to find his car repossessed in his absence. A sailor on patrol in the Persian Gulf receives a notice that the lender is raising the interest rate on her home loan and demands a balloon payment. With all of the pressures our service members face, should they also have to cope with abusive, devious lenders?

Between July 21st 2011 (when … Read the rest

Bonds: Building blocks for a stronger Maine economy

July 13, 2015 by

“Maine has a lot of work to do in order to keep up with our rapidly changing world and to compete successfully in the global marketplace. Implementing a more substantial bond package that strengthens our economy through investments in infrastructure and technology is of the utmost importance to setting Maine and its people on course to a more prosperous future.”

Maine legislators recently passed two bond proposals: LD 1415, An … Read the rest

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