Where we’ve been: For more than four years, the Cover Maine Now! Coalition and partners have worked tirelessly to garner the support of our legislature and administration to accept the health care funding available through the federal government to provide health care coverage to 69,500 hard-working, low-income Maine people through our MaineCare program. While legislation has passed in both houses of the Maine Legislature numerous times, Governor LePage has vetoed the legislation each time and we have been unable to garner the support of more than two-thirds of the legislature, which is needed to overturn the Governor’s vetoes.
Where we are: We will continue to work to encourage our leaders to do what is right for Maine and accept the federal funding. We will have our next opportunity when the new legislature convenes in January.
Our purpose: The Cover Maine Now! coalition supports Maine accepting federal funds that have already been set aside under the Affordable Care Act to provide health insurance to more Mainers. This funding will provide health care to an estimated 69,500 people who will likely be uninsured without this coverage.
The coalition believes that accepting federal funds will provide thousands of hard-working, low-income Mainers with the security to get the care they need without worrying about huge medical bills. These funds will strengthen Maine’s economy by bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in new federal funding to create thousands of new jobs, stimulate new tax revenues, and reduce the strain of uncompensated care on Maine doctors and hospitals.
Cover Maine Now! supports the State of Maine accepting available federal funds to provide health coverage through MaineCare to Mainers with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level (About $16,395/year for an individual; about $27,821/year for a family of three). Our state cannot afford to leave those least able to afford care without insurance and hundreds of millions of dollars on the table, while the rest of New England and states around the country take advantage of this opportunity. We cannot leave Maine businesses at a competitive disadvantage and thousands of people without adequate health coverage.