As Maine’s successful reforms to its health insurance market in 2011 continue to fuel the national conversation about ObamaCare repeal and replacement, progressives are desperate to paint those reforms as dismal failures. In a blog post last Friday, Mike Tipping characterized PL 90–the landmark ...
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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 Hampshire has dropped, desp ...
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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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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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