Maine families have been struggling with the affordability crisis of health care delivery for decades. Recently, the situation has become even more urgent as the health care system in Maine has become the most expensive in New England. With a recent poll showing that two-thirds of Mainers are just one major health crisis away from financial disaster, it is clear that families dealing with medical emergencies need to know the cost of health care and plan accordingly.
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 takes away focus from healing and puts it on how to pay for medical bills. While the health care workforce in Maine is doing their best to meet the medical needs of citizens, legislative action is needed to address this crisis and prevent further harm.
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. 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.