Healthcare Issues

We support LD 633 in the Maine legislature -- accepting federal funds for healthcare in Maine! 

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In Deering Oaks Park -- Jim Perley, Maine AllCare Board member, joins with so many others

Testimony by the chair of our committee in the Maine legislature -- look here!

62 percent of all personal bankruptcies in the U. S. are related to medical bills.  78 percent of those people had medical insurance, but some had co-payments and deductibles that were unmanageable or they got so sick they lost their job and therefore lost their insurance.  Universal healthcare would cover everyone all the time and cost half of what we are currently spending!

The U. S. ranks behind France, Germany, Canada, the U. K., Japan, Taiwan and many other nations in life expectancy, infant mortality rates, avoidable mortality BUT we rank first in how much we spend on healthcare as a percent of our GDP.  One big reason is that we do not have UNIVERSAL care.  Help us change this picture!  
We have "taken the show on the road" giving the service in Saco, Auburn, Ellsworth, Sanford, Castine, and Brunswick.

We work to promote the right to high quality health care and the provision of affordable health care for all. To this end we support Single-Payer Universal healthcare in the state and the country.

Some important aspects of health care reform are:

  • Assuring affordable, quality health coverage for all
  • Protecting individuals and families from bankruptcy or debt because of health care costs
  • Promoting and investing in prevention and wellness
  • Improving patient safety and quality of care
  • Reducing the growth of health care costs by eliminating excessive private industry profits
  • Maintaining coverage when someone changes jobs or loses a job
  • Ending barriers to coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions
  • Ensuring treatment and coverage for mental health, as well as, physical health conditions

What if everyone in Maine had health care? This question is particularly timely as Maine debates the expansion of Medicaid. Even if the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in Maine, an estimated 70,000 Mainers will remain uninsured. Thousands more will remain underinsured and at risk of dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of our current system. View and/or download a pdf brochure here.

Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg have made two films, the lastest being Now is the Time, Healthcare for Everybody.

The U.S. pays nearly twice as much for healthcare as any other industrialized nation, yet it still does not provide care for all of its citizens. While the Affordable Care Act has helped some people, many of us are feeling the pinch of rising costs and narrowing networks. Polls show that 58% of Americans favor a national publicly funded healthcare program. So why has the U.S. Congress not yet passed - or even considered - such a plan? This documentary delves into what single payer healthcare is, how it saves money, and what behind-the-scenes heroes are doing to clear the fog of misperception that keeps us from moving forward.

More information here

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Would you like to get UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE in Maine? There is hearing for such legislation, LD 1274, May 4 at 1:00 in the Statehouse in Augusta. 

Check out the bill

Do you have a story to tell? ALL are welcome to speak and testify!! Take printed copies of what you plan to say so they can be shared with the legislators. Thank you.

P. S. LD 1279 is also on the docket -- a bill to insure that if the ACA is eliminated Maine will still protect people less than 26 years old. 

The Maine Council of Churches is collecting stories of those who are losing mainecare.Please read this notice if you may be one of those.

Check out the MPBN report of a recent hearing at the Statehouse.

We are working with Maine AllCare to bring about single payer healthcare to Maine. See the website here.

Are you losing Mainecare? The Maine People's Alliance would like to know of your situation. They are collecting people's stories. This is the website.

Did you know that OVERHEAD of medicare (a national healthcare system) is 3-4% and of private insurance companies (the rest of us) is 20-25%. What about the Affordable Care Act? It will still be run by insurance companies. What do you think?

See what the workers and NAACP have to say about Maine's healthcare system.

SEE our healthcare service here:
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

For more information contact the chair.