Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative 2016

img_1135In 2016, Planned Parenthood Maine Action helped collect more than 66,000 signatures to put Medicaid expansion on the November 2017 ballot. Did you know that Maine is the only state in New England to refuse federal funds to increase access to health care – leaving tens of thousands of eligible Mainers without health insurance?

Maine is the only state in New England that hasn’t expanded access to Medicaid—leaving tens of thousands of hard-working Mainers without health insurance.

 

At Planned Parenthood, we see how hard it can be for our patients struggling to make ends meet. We know what this coverage will mean and how it can save lives.

When Ellen, a patient at our Portland health center found herself uninsured, she was left with very few options. She’d just turned 26, lost coverage under her parents’ plan, and couldn’t afford insurance through the marketplace. She needed medical treatment and had no way to afford it. She did what many of us do: shopped around trying to find a provider she could afford. With quotes at $500, treatment was well beyond her means. Ellen considered forgoing treatment until a friend referred her to Planned Parenthood. Thanks to the sliding fee scale, Ellen was able to get treatment she could afford.

While we were glad we were there for Ellen, we know that there are thousands of Mainers unable to access the care they need. Mainers should not have to rely on luck, where you live, or the hopes that a sickness will magically disappear.

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