Health Care

July 19, 2017
U.S. House Budget Committee is scheduled to review a budget resolution that makes hard-working families pay more and worsens budget deficits with massive tax cuts for the highest income Americans. In addition, the resolution contains measures and procedures that seek to fast-track the proposed budget and limit debate and opposition.

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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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.
June 27, 2017
“Beyond that meanness, Maine’s economy would take a big hit. An analysis by the Maine Center on Economic Policy found that Trumpcare would cause 10,000 jobs to be lost, in part because  rural hospitals would be under great strain and some would close.” By Amy Fried, Bangor Daily News, Blog, June 27, 2017 Given that he celebrated with House Republicans in the White House Rose Garden after they passed Trumpcare, it was rather odd when President Donald Trump recently told a Fox News interviewer that the bill was “mean.” Trump was contradictory, but correct.
June 26, 2017
6 26 17 MECEP report PRESS RELEASE_Final For a PDF version of this release, click here.
June 26, 2017
MECEP – AHCA_report – Executive Summary – 06-26-17 – FINAL 729 PM   click here to download the PDF click here for a link to the full report