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The Health Care Crisis in Maine: A Growing Concern for Families and Society

ByEditor

Feb 13, 2024
Make free health care access a priority

For the past two decades, Maine families have struggled with the affordability crisis of health care delivery. The recent poll shows that two-thirds of Mainers are just one major health crisis away from financial disaster, making it more urgent than ever to address this issue. Families dealing with medical emergencies deserve to know the cost of health care and be able to plan accordingly, but many people in Maine are forced to juggle putting food on the table and dealing with increasing medical bills.

This situation is not only inexcusable but also dangerous as it can take away the focus from healing and instead put it on how the bills will be paid. Despite the best efforts of the health care workforce in Maine to meet the medical needs of citizens, legislative action is needed to address this crisis and prevent further harm. Dr. Shannon Carr emphasizes that the time to act is overdue and that action must be taken to allow for more affordable health care in Maine.

L.D. 1955 aims to expand access to free care for qualifying Mainers and prevent unfair debt collection practices and unreasonable repayment plans by hospitals and other health care facilities. If this issue is addressed head-on, Maine citizens can become stronger and healthier, taking away the burden of medical bills and allowing them to focus on their wellbeing. It’s time for Maine lawmakers to take action on this urgent issue and provide a solution for families who are struggling with rising medical costs.

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