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One seemingly quiet day, two big education stories

One seemingly quiet day, two big education stories

With the legislature finally out of Session, one would think things might quiet down in Augusta, at least on the education front, but today ended up being far more newsworthy than we had any right to expect.First, the governor issued an interesting Executive Order today putting LD 1799's now infamou ...
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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Dirigo – Maine’s “Public Option” Is a Costly Failure
Read the full report | Passed in 2003, Maine’s Dirigo Health initiative was lauded as the first state-based universal coverage program this decade. Governor John Baldacci promised that Dirigo Health would (1) provide coverage for all of Maine’s 128,000 uninsured by 2009; (2) not require any new ...
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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Maine’s Medicaid program’s skyrocketing costs, higher taxes, underpayment of health providers and perpetual budget shortfalls result in health care rationing.
Read the full report | As Congress and the Obama administration debate reforms for the nation’s health care system, they would do well to study Maine's experience with Medicaid. Maine’s unsustainable Medicaid enrollment, now at 23 percent of the state’s population, has created a perpetual budg ...
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Portsmouth Herald: Baldacci’s Maine school consolidation idea unravels
A couple of weeks ago, the Brunswick Times Record became one of the few major papers to editorialize against the state's schoolsystem consolidation plan.Today, the Portsmouth Herald joins in, finding that the troubles that Maine's southernmost towns are having with the new law reveal its deep flaws. ...
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Dirigo Health: Higher Costs, Reduced Benefits

Dirigo Health: Higher Costs, Reduced Benefits

Read the full report |FACTOnly 20% of all insured US households will consume more than $2,000 in healthcare per year.Dirigo’s Family Premium is $10,300 a year with a $2,500 deductible.❖ In this issue of DirigoWatch, you will learn:➜ In just one year, the Dirigo Health Plan has become significa ...
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