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March 2009 Newsletter

Gov.’s Plan to Help Insure Laid-off Mainers is Good-But We Need to Act Fast!

A CAHC HelpLine Caller Spoke Up, Was Heard, and Made a Difference

Consumers for Affordable Health Care (CAHC) is thrilled with Governor John Baldacci’s new efforts to use some federal stimulus money to make health insurance more affordable to Maine people who recently lost their jobs and with that their health insurance. We are hoping the Maine Legislature passes this new plan, and does so quickly! With deadlines on how long laid-off workers have to apply for federal assistance, getting this extra state help into place immediately is crucial for thousands of hard-working Maine families.

CAHC Welcomes Darcy Shargo!

darcyConsumers for Affordable Health Care is excited to welcome Darcy Shargo as our new Health Policy Advocate. Darcy will be primarily responsible for research and policy analyses; collaborating and communicating with Coalition partners; and serving as the Maine Cardiovascular Health Program policy analyst. In addition she may assist with lobbying, staffing policy subcommittees and coalition recruitment.

More Consumers Showed Up to Anthem Rate Hearings than Ever…

Nearly 200 people attended the three public hearing held by the Superintendent of Insurance on the rate hike request. This compares with the 4-12 people who’ve attended rate increase hearings in past years. Click here for more information about this topic.

March 22-28 was ‘Cover the Uninsured Week’

Maine’s come far since 1994 Health Reform Debate-
But still has a ways to go

It’s been 15 years since our nation has had a serious discussion about health reform. Over the years what has been a bad situation has only gotten worse. The health care system in Maine and the nation has been pushed to the breaking point.

Be Highlighted in the CAHC Newsletter

If you are a CAHC Member and would like to see your work and activities highlighted in our newsletter as they apply to health care and coverage issues, please email Cherilee Budrick at

Not a Coalition Member Yet?

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

MaineShare 20th Anniversary

Congratulations and thank you for 20 years of sharing!


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.


Cherilee Budrick
Communications Coordinator

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