New Report Highlights How the Affordable Care Act Helps Close Affordability Gap

September 25, 2013 by

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This week the Kaiser Family Foundation released “An Early Look at Premiums and Insurer Participation in Health Insurance Marketplaces, 2014.” The report provides a summary of health insurance costs before and after federal Affordable Care Act subsidies kick-in for individuals who obtain coverage through the federal health exchange or health insurance marketplace. The premium for one of the middle-tier or “silver” plans for a 25 year-old, … Read the rest

Bad News: Poverty Up, Income Down

September 20, 2013 by

The latest data from the Census Bureau show no improvement in two key indicators of economic well-being for Mainers. The poverty rate continues to rise and is higher than it was in the depths of the most recent recession. Child poverty is rising too—more than 1 in 5 children (more than 1 in 4 under age 5) live in poverty. Income for the typical Maine household is below pre-recession levels, … Read the rest

More Mainers are Hungry

September 5, 2013 by

More Mainers are going hungry today than 10 years ago. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), from 2011 to 2012, 15% of Mainers struggled to keep food on the table.

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