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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November 3, 2017
In Penobscot County alone, the Maine Center for Economic Policy projects an $89 million impact, propelled by the injection of $68 million in federal funding.
October 31, 2017
Proponents, including the Maine Center for Economic Policy, maintain that the expansion will expand health coverage to 70,000 low-income Mainers and create 6,000 jobs. The Maine Center for Economic Policy, according to its self-description, is a nonpartisan, policy research organization committed to helping Maine people prosper in a strong, fair and sustainable economy.
October 31, 2017
If expansion passes, the federal government will initially cover 94 percent of the cost. That ratchets down to 90 percent by 2020 and stays at that level. The Maine Center for Economic Policy projects that’s an injection of about $500 million from the feds per year. But Littlefield says there’s also a state cost.
October 23, 2017
Ballot Issue 2 on the November ballot reads: “An Act To Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care. Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?” Our panelists debate the pros and cons of the ballot measure.
October 23, 2017
In the second episode of MECEP’s podcast, our policy analyst James Myall joins us to explain the benefits of Medicaid Expansion in Maine—which includes expanding health coverage to 70,000 low-income Mainers and creating 6,000 jobs—and to fact check some of the claims made by opponents of Question 2 over the recent weeks.
October 20, 2017
This morning, MECEP Executive Director Garrett Martin went on-air on WGAN to lay out the benefits to Maine people and Maine’s economy if Mainers vote “yes” on Question 2 for Medicaid Expansion on November 7th.
October 11, 2017
Mainers for Health Care consists of a coalition “of organizations dedicated to ensuring Maine families have access to quality, affordable health care.” Its steering committee includes the Maine Center for Economic Policy, Maine Equal Justice Partners, Maine People’s Alliance, Maine Voices Network, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Maine Action Fund.
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 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.