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Memo to Pingree & Michaud – Mainers’ Still Oppose ObamaCare and Think It Will Raise Costs
Critical Insights of Portland recently released their Spring Tracking Poll highlighting Mainers' opinions on some top issues.  Some of the many interesting findings:47% of Mainers oppose ObamaCare (compared to just 38% supporting it) - Slide 3485% of Mainers believe ObamaCare will increase their he ...
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Price Shop When Using Health Care

Price Shop When Using Health Care

Today's Maine Sunday Telegram has a story by John Richardson about the wide price differences chargedat various providers for the same health care procedure.  The story includes a great graphic showing price variations for Anthem customers compared to the uninsured for some common procedures.The ar ...
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Surprise: ObamaCare will cost more than originally estimated
The Washington Post reports that the 10-year cost of ObamaCare could be $115 billion more than originally estimated (that's about the price of Greece).  That is if Congress spends the total needed to actually implement the law.  In March, before the the final vote in Congress, the Congressional Bu ...
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Senate Finance Committee: Skating on Potomac River Ice in the Middle of a “Snowe” Storm
It never ceases to amaze me how the busiest woman in Washington remains so accessible.  Just this week alone, I am aware of 8-10 hours of direct Washington senior staff time devoted to Maine doctors, patients and health care professionals in reviewing the impact of the Baucus bill on Maine fami ...
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Maine’s Uninsured Rate Higher than Pre-Dirigo and Second Highest in New England
 The U.S. Census Bureau last week released updated information on the number of uninsured people in Maine.  Maine's number of uninsured is now 21,000 higher than pre-Dirigo (2004) and the second highest in New England.  In contrast, the number of uninsured in neighboring New Ham ...
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Memo to Whitehouse: Snowe is not in the forecast

Memo to Whitehouse: Snowe is not in the forecast

The email dings started around 10:00 pm, and continued throughout the night as folks throughout Maine sent me the latest report on CNN.com that quotes "sources" who claim, "President Obama and top aides have quietly stepped up talks with moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine on a s ...
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Maine Medicaid to Grow by up to 30,000 Thanks to Federal “Stimulus”?
The $825 billion (and growing) stimulus package working its way through Congress contains a dramatic expansion of Medicaid, which entitles anyone laid off and receiving unemployment, regardless of income or assets, to be on Medicaid at the federal government's (read: the taxpayer's) expense. Here is ...
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1 in 9 Privately Insured Have an HSA

1 in 9 Privately Insured Have an HSA

According to a new survey by United Benefit Advisors Inc, an employee benefit advisory company, enrollment in Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) has almost doubled in the past year.  Now 11% of those privately insured are enrolled in HSAs compared to 6% last year.  HSA-compatible pla ...
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Maine’s Real Uninsured Rate – Less Than 1 Person in 20
The National Center for Health Statistics released a report last month finding that fewer than 1 person in 20 in Maine has been uninsured for more than a year (half the U.S. average and half that reported last fall for Maine by the U.S. Census Bureau, page 22 of the report).  However, ...
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DHHS Learning from Enron’s Accountants?

DHHS Learning from Enron’s Accountants?

The Bangor Daily News reported that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has delayed $39.6 million in Medicaid claims one week to push the transaction into the 2009 fiscal year, which began on July 1.  Apparently, accrual accounting is necessary for businesses, but playing gam ...
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