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FAQ for LD 1333 Maine's Health Reform Law

LD 1333 Explained: FAQs About Maine’s New Health Insurance Reform

On May 17, 2011, Governor Paul LePage signed into law a significant health reform package to help contain the spiraling cost of health insurance for all Mainers.  Before becoming law, the bill was known as LD 1333: “An Act To Modify Rating Practices for Individual and Small Group Health Plans and ...
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Maine Health Reform LD 1333 Obamacare

Replacing Big Government Health Care with Patient-Centered Reform

Maine's past and present free market health policy experts partnered with the national Heritage Foundation to publish a report that serves as a guide for other states that wish to enact patient-centered, market-based health insurance reform to increase choice and reduce health care costs.Heal ...
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Time to Repeal ObamaCare

Time to Repeal ObamaCare

As Congress nears a historic vote on the repeal of ObamaCare, it would be a good idea for us to take a moment to remind ourselves why this legislation needs to be repealed. Let's just take a quick 1-2-3 look back at MHPC's objections to ObamaCare:1) It costs too muchTarren wrote back in May 2 ...
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Maine Dems: Dirigo “Inspiration” for ObamaCare, Yet Dirigo Spends $10.4k per Uninsured Covered
In case you missed it, former Virginia Governor and current Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Kaine keynoted the Maine Democratic Party's convention this past weekend.  According to a Kennebec Journal story, Kaine "praised Maine’s health care plan, Dirigo Health, as an inspiration for fe ...
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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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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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Dirigo Proposing $100k a Year Cap

Dirigo Proposing $100k a Year Cap

The Dirigo Health Board is discussing changes to Maine's government plan - DirigoChoice.  One of the considerations is a $100,000 a year limit on benefits. This is a great lesson learned for proponents of government-run health care.  Government health care is great...as long ...
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$60 Million – Improve Health for 112 Million Kids or Run Dirigo for One Year?
The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a meeting of the world's top eight economists (five Nobel laureates) at the Copenhagen Consensus Center in Denmark.  The economists recommended, in priority order, the way to acheive the most good with finite resources, in this case $7 ...
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Massachusetts Health Plan Update – High Costs, Mixed Results
After the first year of Massachusetts' RomneyCare health reform, the public is seeing the effectiveness of the plan that has an individual and employer mandate combined with a Medicaid expansion and new subsidized private health insurance plans, reports Boston.com. The results are interesting a ...
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