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 legislation requiring the State of Maine to accept available federal funds to provide health coverage through MaineCare to Mainers with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level ($15,856/year for an individual; $26,951/year for a family of three). The legislature must act quickly. On January 1, 2014, even as a majority of Mainers will gain greater access to care from new federal subsidies and the health insurance Marketplace, tens of thousands of low-income adults are slated to lose eligibility for MaineCare coverage. Thousands of those losing coverage as of January 1 will not be eligible for subsidies in the Marketplace, while thousands more - although eligible for subsidies - will not be able to afford to purchase the coverage.
Our state cannot afford to leave those least able to afford care without insurance and hundreds of millions of dollars on the table, while others in New England and 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.