Maine Finds a Health Care Fix Elusive

Maine Finds a Health Care Fix Elusive

Read the full story | BAR HARBOR, Me. — When his car repair shop’s health insurance premiums doubled between 2000 and 2002, David White saw the problem as akin to a sputtering engine. So he got under the hood of the state’s health system and tried to fix it.Seven years later, Mr. White is on s ...
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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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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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The Savings Offset Payment: Dirigo Health’s Questionable Funding Strategy
Read the full report | The most politically-charged aspect of the Dirigo Health initiative is the funding mechanism called the Savings Offset Payment (SOP) tax. The funding mechanism is initiated when the Dirigo Health Agency makes a determination of how much the Dirigo Health initiative has “save ...
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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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Buyer Beware! Considerations for Small Businesses Examining Governor Baldacci’s DirigoChoice Health Plan
Read the full report | ON JANUARY 3, 2005 Governor John Baldacci announced disappointing results for the first three months of DirigoChoice sales. Enrollments are far below original projections, and employer contributions are critical to Dirigo’s shaky financial underpinning. Althou ...
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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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