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June 2009 Newsletter

“Health Care Bill of Rights,” Needed for Maine

An important health care transparency bill, LD 1205– “An Act to Establish a Health Care Bill of Rights,” sponsored by Representative Sharon Treat, will likely be voted on by the Maine Legislature any day now. Contact your legislators to let them know how important this bill is to you: http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/townlist.htm

MaineCare opens up to Single Adults without Children

Thousands of So-Called “Non-Categoricals” Could Finally Get Insurance

For the first time in more than a year MaineCare is enrolling “non-categorical” adults into the program-that is childless adults, who are not pregnant or disabled and are between the ages of 21-64.

CAHC’s HelpLine is Giving Real Help to Maine People

The Washington County Career Center recently requested CAHC to present on Health Coverage Options for Laid-off Workers. At the presentation, CAHC Outreach staff met a woman who had been insured through her husband’s job since 1990. When her husband was laid off this spring her life was thrown into crisis as she faced loss of her insurance along with his job. Disabled since 2004, she had used Medicare as a secondary insurance which picked up costs that the primary private insurance didn’t cover. With the loss of her husband’s income, they could not pay for these uncovered costs on their own.

CAHC’s Outreach and Education Efforts

From Portland to Calais-CAHC Educates on Health Coverage. Our Outreach and Education Staff kept busy this past month with half a dozen workshops, trainings and exhibits. Staff met with laid off workers in Calais to discuss possible health coverage options with them. Working with the Career Center there, we were able to talk with some of the 500 recently laid off workers on topics ranging from the health care tax credit to COBRA and Dirigo to free or low cost coverage options such as MaineCare.

CAHC in the News

Reactions to the Healthcare Savings Pledge

5/12/09 MPBN By: Tom Porter
“We believe that over 30 percent of all spending in healthcare in Maine as well as in the United States is spent on services that are ineffective, duplicative and inefficient,” says Joe Ditre, Executive Director of Consumers for Affordable Healthcare, a non-profit dedicated to helping Maine people obtain affordable, quality healthcare. Ditre believes the $2 trillion in savings is a highly achievable goal. His main concern is that these savings find their way to the consumer – especially the 124,000 Mainers who are currently estimated to be without health insurance.

House Shoots Down Out-of-State Health Insurance Proposal

5/13/09 MPBN By: AJ Higgins
To read full story, click here.

Anthem Plots Next Move In Wake of Rejected Proposal

5/20/09 MPBN By: Josie Huang
To read full story, click here.

Join the CAHC Coalition!

Want to join the 40+ other organizations and individuals who are part of the Consumers for Affordable Health Care Coalition? Click here for more information. Or 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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