July 20, 2017
Maine has a rich history of health care policy innovation, although it was the ACA that finally brought down the uninsured rate. An older, rural population means no guarantees.
July 14, 2017
On Thursday, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out the Republican’s latest plan to take health care away from thousands of Mainers. MECEP's analysis shows the proposals to cap Medicaid costs, in particular, would pose big problems for the state budget.
July 13, 2017
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.
July 13, 2017
Using the 10 percent tax rate approved by Maine voters, the state is likely to bring in about $18 million a year once the market is established, in two or three years or so, said James Myall, a policy analyst for the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
July 13, 2017
James Myall, a policy analyst for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, said the bigger the gap between the legal price of marijuana, after taxes, and the street price of black market marijuana, the more people will turn to illicit suppliers.
July 12, 2017
In Maine, nearly 60 percent of public family planning funding is from Medicaid — the very funding Congress is threatening to withhold from Planned Parenthood — and 49 percent of the revenue for services provided at the health centers come from federal sources, primarily Medicaid.
July 11, 2017
MECEP’s analysis of the BCRA shows that by 2026, Maine would receive $1 billion less every year in federal funding for Medicaid and subsidies to buy insurance on Healthcare.gov. BCRA would lead to the loss of 15,000 jobs, including 10,000 in the health care sector alone. An additional 120,000 Maine adults would not have health insurance, doubling the share of adults without health insurance to 21 percent - a rate that is unprecedented in modern times.
July 7, 2017
In the early hours of the morning on July 4th, Maine Lawmakers enacted a two year budget that repealed the voter approved three percent surcharge on household income over $200,000 and gave a massive tax cut to the top two percent of households. This is the third biennial budget in eight years that contained tax breaks for the wealthiest Mainers. The top five percent of Mainers now pay the lowest effective tax rate on average compared to all other income groups. These tax breaks for the wealthiest come at a cost to investments in thriving communities and worsen income inequality.
July 7, 2017
Augusta, Maine (Friday, July 7, 2017—The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) today released a new report, Republican House and Senate Health Care Plans Jeopardize Access to Essential Preventive Health Care, analyzing the impacts on Maine women and families from the proposed one-year prohibition of federal Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood.
July 7, 2017
New MECEP report, Republican House and Senate Health Care Plans Jeopardize Access to Essential Preventive Health Care, analyzes impacts on Maine women and families from the proposed one-year prohibition of federal Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood.