Responsible Solutions Gaining Traction as Alternative to LePage Administration MaineCare Cuts

January 31, 2012 by

Governor LePage continues to mount a campaign of anecdotes, misinformation and intimidation to promote his proposed $221 million in cuts to MaineCare.  On 1/25, MECEP and our partners in the Engage Maine coalition unveiled our alternative calling for more efficient health care delivery and a fairer tax structure to shrink the budget shortfall.

Our announcement at a State House press conference drew coverage from the Bangor Daily News (… Read the rest

Words and Deeds: The Results Are In and the New Health Insurance Law Raises Rates for Seniors and Rural Mainers

January 17, 2012 by

Last Legislative session, Governor LePage proposed sweeping changes to Maine’s health insurance rules.  This was one of the most contentious issues of the legislative session and represented ideologically driven policymaking at its worst.   The bill went from a 4 page document to a 39 page proposal ready for the Governor’s signature in less than 9 days and PL90 became law.

MECEP’s analysis at the time cautioned lawmakers to consider the … Read the rest

Jobs and Budget Cuts Top New England Service Providers’ Concerns

January 12, 2012 by

A recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston confirms that limited job opportunities and federal, state, and local budget cuts pose significant problems for low and moderate-income communities and the organizations that serve them.  Asked to identify the top 3 challenges facing low- and moderate- ncome communities in New England, the availability of job opportunities ranked at the top (69% of respondents) while state and local budget cuts … Read the rest

Responsible Solutions Require an Honest Assessment of the Facts

January 11, 2012 by

It’s about income.

Maine Equal Justice Partners recently released a critical report that tells the true story about MaineCare’s Childless Adult Waiver Program.  Media coverage was extensive, but failed to include any critical assessment of the claims made by the report’s naysayer.

The Maine Heritage Policy Center’s (MHPC) Lance Dutson made the most audacious claim that the current policy of providing health insurance to childless adults making less than … Read the rest

Bridging Maine’s Budget Gap: Irresponsible Proposals or Responsible Measures?

January 6, 2012 by

The bipartisan legislative backlash against the proposal to cut funding for private non-medical institutions (PNMIs) is just the most recent evidence of the irresponsible way the LePage Administration has handled its projected Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) budget shortfall.

In the nearly two months since the Administration first declared a problem existed, there has been a series of assertions that have proven either to be untrue or … Read the rest

Editorial Round-up: Commentaries Condemn LePage Administration’s Proposed Health Care Budget Cuts

January 3, 2012 by

Over the holidays, our newspapers published several columns, many by Maine health care advocates, criticizing the LePage Administration’s proposed $220 million in cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services budget.

In a 12/28/2011 editorial, the Portsmouth Herald called the Administration’s plan “unsubstantiated, unfair, unthoughtful and possibly quite costly.”

In a 12/31/2011 Bangor Daily News op ed the leaders of three of Penobscot County’s most prominent community health … Read the rest