Health Care

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.

Health CareAccess to quality, affordable health care is essential not only to the well-being and prosperity of Mainers and their families,but to the strength and vitality of the state’s economy. Without health care coverage, people are unlikely to have regular check-ups or to receive preventive and diagnostic care. They are more likely to postpone treatment until their health needs are more serious and more costly to treat. When they finally do seek treatment, hospital emergency rooms are their option of last resort. When patients lack insurance and the ability to pay, hospitals pass on the costs to those who are insured. Workers without health coverage have a higher absentee rate, costing their employers more in decreased productivity. MECEP research, analysis, policy development, and outreach have consistently and reliably informed the discussion of Maine’s health care priorities and the most effective means to address them. Policymakers, health care advocates, the media, and the public rely on the quality and credibility of MECEP’s work to inform the discussion and help craft and implement effective health care policies for Maine.

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September 12, 2017
Opponents of Medicaid expansion have no new arguments to offer, so they are resorting to fighting over the past. The evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of Medicaid expansion, so opponents rely on alternative facts, distortions and misrepresentations.
August 1, 2017
Maine’s hospitals can’t afford any more delays in accepting the federal offer to pay 90% of the costs associated with expanding eligibility to MaineCare. Medicaid expansion is necessary to avoid more hospital layoffs, but beyond the solvency of our hospitals, it’s necessary to ensure that Mainers have access to a doctor, that they can afford to see that doctor, and that they receive the care necessary to live long and productive lives. 
July 26, 2017
MECEP Policy Analyst James Myall makes an appeared on The Pulse AM 620 on July 26 to talk about the recent health care repeal efforts and the financial strain on Maine hospitals.
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 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
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.