Health Care

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August 3, 2009
National health reform is our nation’s most pressing issue and it’s clear some far-reaching legislation will be enacted this year. In 2003, Maine, unable to wait for national reform, began its own path toward reform.
June 30, 2009
As Americans, we are constantly striving to achieve a balance between public and private interests. I was reminded of this at the gym the other morning.
April 14, 2009
From the beginning, the most contentious issue related to the Dirigo Health Reforms was how to fund them. Experience with the Savings Offset Payment and the many lawsuits that have followed suggests that Dirigo’s supporters and opponents likely would agree that the SOP doesn’t even qualify as the least, worst option.
January 9, 2009
Containing health care costs is critical to Maine’s future economy. In this issue of Choices, we provide an edited version of an October 2008 speech given by Dr.
October 20, 2008
Dr. Erik Steele, chief medical officer for Eastern Maine Health Care Systems in Bangor and a columnist for the Bangor Daily News, a few weeks ago gave a striking talk to a gathering of the Maine Health Management Coalition titled, “Maine is Burning.” Steele pointed out that if the recent trend of cost increases continues, health care costs may consume as much as 40 percent to 50 percent of the typical family income in 10 years, while family incomes have been largely stagnant over the last 30 years.
May 23, 2008
The American people have been waiting a long time for private markets and the federal government to devise workable solutions to the rising cost of health care and address the needs of nearly 47 million U.S.
February 29, 2008
Currently, large and growing revenue shortfalls are pushing the state budget out of balance. In this tightening fiscal climate, there is even more debate than usual about the cost of Maine’s Medicaid program, MaineCare.