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April 2009 Newsletter

BUSY MONTH FOR HEALTH CARE POLICY IN MAINE

Mainers Supporting “Health Care Bill of Rights,” Dirigo and Single Payer Health Care

“We felt a change in the air compared to past years; lawmakers seem to understand that consumers are fed up with the lack of information we are getting about our health insurance plans and how little of our premiums are spent on medical care.”

 

JOIN US! HELP LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS AND RAISE QUALITY

A bill calling for higher quality, more cost effective health care is coming to public hearing May 5th at 1:00 pm in the Insurance and Financial Services Committee room 427 of the State House. LD1444, “An Act to Protect Consumers and Small Business Owners from Rising Health Care Costs,” sponsored by Senator Phil Bartlett can be viewed here

If you’d like to testify in support of this bill at the hearing, or can’t make the hearing but want to write testimony for us to bring in for you, please email Cherilee at cbudrick@mainecahc.org or Doug at dclopp@mainecahc.org.

MIA IS BACK

For those of you who don’t know yet-Our Director of Policy and Operations is back from maternity leave! Mia Poliquin Pross will be picking up where she left off, supervising staff and policy decisions in the office as well as managing our Robert Wood Johnson-Maine Voices for Coverage Grant (among her many other duties).

CAHC’S HELPLINE IS GIVING REAL HELP TO MAINE PEOPLE

True Story:

A man called our HelpLine. He had recently been laid off from a paper mill and lost his health insurance with that job. Our HelpLine staff inquired about whether he had received the notice from his former employer telling him about his right to elect COBRA insurance with the 65% Federal subsidy. He said he had not gotten such a letter. When our staff explained that his former employer was required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to send this notice by April 17, he thought back and remembered getting a letter-but says he just didn’t understand what it all meant. He went and got the letter and sure enough, it was his COBRA subsidy offer. Thanks to his call to our HelpLine, he was able to sign up for COBRA insurance and get the new 65% federal subsidy to help him pay for insurance for nine months. Incidentally, we asked how he got our number and he said he had saved it from a couple years ago when he was laid off and we had helped him then too with his health insurance issues.

CAHC IN THE NEWS

Lost job? What a worker needs to know
By: Ann Kim
As seen in the Portland Press Herald, April 5, 2009

“You can discuss your options by calling Consumers for Affordable Health Care’s helpline at 1-800-965-7476. Many people wrongly assume that they do not qualify for MaineCare because of how much money they used to make, said Lisa Webber, an outreach and education coordinator for the advocacy group. Hospital free care – also known as charity care – and clinics that offer services for free or on a sliding scale can also help people without insurance.”

WANT TO JOIN OUR AMAZING COALITION?

Want to join the 40+ other organizations and individuals who are part of the Consumers for Affordable Health Care Coalition? For more information email our Coalition Coordinator, Doug Clopp, at dclopp@mainecahc.org
If you liked the information included in this newsletter, please forward it along to others you think may be interested. If you are interested in learning more about what CAHC has been working on, or how we may be able to help you in your health care or health coverage matters, visit our Web site.

Sincerely,

Cherilee Budrick
Communications Coordinator

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