Health Care

ACA repeal analysis report 1-24-2017
January 19, 2017
Since 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped provide health care for thousands of Mainers, created jobs in the health care sector, reduced uncompensated care costs for hospitals and providers, and eased the burden on businesses that insure workers.

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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February 21, 2017
The proposal to further restrict MaineCare eligibility is short-sighted and dangerous. It puts the health of almost 25,000 Mainers at risk, increases the financial strain on our hospitals, and reduces the long-term strength of Maine’s economy.
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February 15, 2017
“The percentage of children living in deep poverty — family earnings of less than $10,000 a year — is growing faster in Maine than in any other state.
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February 9, 2017
“If the ACA were repealed without a replacement, approximately 95,000 Mainers would lose health insurance and costs to hospitals would increase by $475 million, according to Maine Center for Economic Policy.” by Andy O’Brien, (Rockland) Free Press, February 9, 2017 Last week, Gov.
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January 27, 2017
In a report issued by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, a total of 95,000 Mainers are expected to lose health insurance if the ACA is repealed without adequate replacement.
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January 27, 2017
According to a recent report by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, 19,000 parents and 41,000 children in Maine stand to lose health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without an immediate replacement.
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January 23, 2017
“A report issued Friday by the Maine Center for Economic Policy said repeal of Obamacare would put 95,000 Mainers at risk of losing their insurance, most of them young adults or people nearing retirement.” by Steve Collins, (Lewiston) Sun Journal, January 23, 2017 As the new Republican administration targets repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Maine’s senior senator took a major step Monday to offer a replacement plan.  
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January 22, 2017
“A study released Friday by the Maine Center for Economic Policy estimates that if the ACA is repealed, uncompensated care costs to Maine hospitals would triple to $475 million in 2019.
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January 21, 2017
The Maine Center for Economic Policy says scrapping the law without a suitable replacement would result in 95,000 fewer Mainers having health insurance in 2019 Portland Press Herald, January 21, 2017 The Maine Center for Economic Policy, an Augusta-based progressive think tank, has released a new report detailing the economic harm it says would be caused by repealing the Affordable Care Act.
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January 20, 2017
Health coverage for 95,000 Mainers and improvements for businesses, consumers, and providers at risk Augusta, Maine (Friday, January 20, 2017) The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) today released a detailed analysis of the economic impacts of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Mainers.
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January 19, 2017
for a PDF of the report which includes this graphic, click here.