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

Mainers win in King v. Burwell

June 26, 2015 by

ACAThe U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell ensures that over 60,000 Mainers, will continue to be able to afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), preventing their premiums from skyrocketing an average of 383%.

The Court interpreted the ACA’s purpose—to create a system in which all Americans have access to affordable health care—to mean that people living in the 34 states, including Maine, that … Read the rest

Immigrants: Honesty, not incendiary political rhetoric

June 15, 2015 by

“Governor LePage is wrong to deny Maine families the help they need to provide for basic needs as they legally wait for their applications to be processed.  To present his budget to the public by misclassifying immigrants’ legal status is an unacceptable political stunt. “

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Ongoing budget negotiations may result in denial of basic services for thousands of legal Maine residents who are temporarily prevented from … Read the rest