For thousands of sick low-income Mainers, Medicaid Expansion is their only hope for affordable care

September 28, 2017 by

James Myall

The November ballot question to expand Medicaid coverage to Mainers living below or near poverty will allow more than 70,000 people access to affordable health care. MECEP’s recent report, The State of Working Maine 2017, demonstrates just how important good public health is to a healthy economy.

Since 2001, tens of thousands of Mainers of prime working age have left the work force, and these “lost workers” … Read the rest

Out of work, out of hope – This is what a depressed economy looks like

September 21, 2017 by

James Myall

Tens of thousands of Mainers disheartened by the dim prospects of good paying, middle-class jobs have given up looking for work. Some are discouraged to the point of despair, turning to substance misuse and even suicide. That’s the stark and somber finding of MECEP’s latest report, The State of Working Maine 2017.

Using numerous data sets and incorporating the latest national research, the State of Working MaineRead the rest

In Maine, higher education tuition hikes and reduced quality threaten economic future 

August 24, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

The Maine Center for Economic Policy’s (MECEP) analysis of a report released by the Center for Budget Policy and Priorities (CBPP) reveals that Maine students at four-year public colleges still bear too high a burden for higher education. Since the Great Recession, tuition at Maine’s public colleges and universities have increased by $1,198 or 14.1 percent over the past decade. Maine also ranks 21st in the country for … Read the rest

How MaineCare Cuts Pushed Mainers and Maine Hospitals to the Financial Brink 

August 1, 2017 by


James Myall, Policy Analyst

Last year, half of Maine’s hospitals ran an operating deficit. According to figures from the Maine Health Data Organization, two thirds of Maine’s hospitals have just one month’s cash on hand (or less). Why is this important for Mainers? Not only are hospitals the primary providers of health care in the state, they are also the largest employers in nearly every county. For … Read the rest

A New Great Depression in Rural Maine

July 31, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall, Policy Analyst

New data released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis provide more evidence of Maine’s lackluster economy, and the failure of policies pursued by Governor LePage and his allies. In the first quarter of 2017, Maine’s economy saw no real growth. Zero.  That was the lowest rate in New England, and the seventh-worst performance of any state. These new data are just the latest in a … Read the rest

Despite Latest Revisions, Senate GOP Health Care Proposals Would Still Gut MaineCare

July 14, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

On Thursday, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out the Republicans’ latest plan to take health care away from thousands of Mainers.

The many Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act have consistently been dangerous to the economic and physical well-being of Mainers. This latest revision is no different. By maintaining the most damaging part of their proposal, Senate Republicans have shown that their real goal Read the rest

MaineCare is Failing to Tackle Maine’s Opioid Crisis. Voters Have a Chance to Fix That.

July 13, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

Across the United States, Medicaid is playing a crucial role in responding to the fight against the opioid crisis—except in Maine—where one person per day is dying from a drug-related overdose, most of which are caused by opioid use. That’s the stark conclusion to be drawn from data presented in a new report from the Urban Institute, which shows Medicaid spending on anti-addiction medications up 155% Read the rest

Senate GOP Health Care Bill’s Effects Would be Felt in Every Corner of Maine

July 11, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

US Senate Republicans are still pushing to pass their latest version of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, despite analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and others that shows that the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would cause tens of millions of Americans to lose access to health care. MECEP’s own report details the effect on Mainers, including the loss of health insurance for more than 100,000 … Read the rest

Forget “Taxachusetts” or Connecticut – Maine should worry about being…Maine

June 29, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

A vibrant economy that works for everyone needs strong public services, and above all, good schools. And that requires everyone to pay their fair share towards those services. Recently, opponents of the voter-approved surcharge on high earners for education have sounded shrill warnings that Maine will be labelled a “high tax” state like Massachusetts or Connecticut. But the reality is that the alternative is far worse. Without … Read the rest

LePage policies have left thousands of children without health care

June 21, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

Thousands more Maine children have no access to critical health care services as a result of Governor LePage’s policies, according to data from the US Census Bureau and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The data, highlighted in a report by the Annie E Casey Foundation, show that the share of Maine children without any health insurance rose dramatically between 2010 and 2015. Approximately 3,600 … Read the rest

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