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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 22, 2014Joel Allumbaugh, Director of MHPC's Center for Health Reform Inititiaves released the following statement on Tuesday in regard to the latest ACA federal court rulings: "Today’s rulings highlight the many systemic problems with the chaotic train wreck tha ...
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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 Failed Experiments With Big Government Controlling Health Insurance
Read the full report | As America looks at health care reform, policy makers would be wise to review Maine’s experience with government solutions intended to improve access, lower costs, insure more people and add fairness to the health insurance system. Maine’s experience with many of these exa ...
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Dirigo – More Costly and Less Effective than Ever
Read the full report | In the late evening on April 15th – Tax Day – a slim majority of the Maine Legislature passed a $57 to $72 million tax increaseto fund the ballooning costs of the Dirigo Health program. While a great deal of attention has been focused on the tax increase and its impact on ...
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Eight Challenges for Dirigo Health in 2006

Eight Challenges for Dirigo Health in 2006

Read the full report | When Dirigo Health was introduced in May 2003, supporters promised that this health reform initiative would accomplish three important objectives: eliminate all 130,000 uninsured Maine citizens within five years; be self-supporting with no new taxes or state funds (beyond the ...
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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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