Maine Families

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.

Maine FamiliesBeyond the data, the analyses, the public policies, and the rhetoric are real Maine families who seek jobs that pay well, incomes that not only cover the bills but allow them to save for the future, provide opportunities to move up the ladder of success, and ensure quality affordable health care, security in old age, and better, more prosperous lives for themselves and their kids. MECEP’s work strives to serve these Maine families. Working with our progressive partners we provide critical research, analysis, and public policy recommendations, promote our efforts through traditional and new media, and advise policy makers and opinion leaders on issues important to Maine families.

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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 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 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 28, 2017
“Let’s start with the obvious: State employees will lose wages that generate $2.5 million in daily economic impact, according to an analysis (http://bit.ly/2tqgDw7) from the liberal Maine Center for Economic Policy, with $944,000 of that in Kennebec County alone.” by Michael Shepherd, Bangor Daily News, June 28, 2017 With no agreement in sight on a two-year budget in the Maine Legislature, the state is as close to a government shutdown as it has been since 1991.
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
June 26, 2017
A new analysis of the House and Senate health care proposals by the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) finds that repealing the ACA in favor of either the House or Senate plan would have dire consequences for Maine people and communities.
June 23, 2017
Jody Harris A new report from the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) highlights another way that the very companies that are supposed to be helping Maine student loan borrowers are cheating them. 
June 22, 2017
Sarah Austin is a policy analyst with the Maine Center for Economic Policy. The head of the group helped write the ballot question that imposed the surcharge.