Stand Up for Health Care: Vote YES on Question 2
On November 7, you can make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of Mainers by voting for health care.
The ballot question will read: “Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide health care coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?”
This referendum goes beyond health care to impact every Mainer: a YES vote will mean a stronger economy, a stronger work force, and a stronger future for Maine.
What is Medicaid?
- Medicaid is a federal and state funded program
- Medicaid provides health care coverage to people who cannot afford it – including children, pregnant women, veterans, and working adults
- Medicaid is different from Medicare which only covers seniors 65 or older, or individuals living with a severe disability (regardless of income level)
Why Expand the Program in Maine?
- 90 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion would be funded by the federal government (not Maine) for newly eligible recipients
- Medicaid expansion would help tens of thousands of Mainers get access to affordable health care
- This will create 6000 new jobs
- The economic benefits include $27 million in savings for Maine
- Maine would get access to half a billion dollars in new federal funding annually
70,000 Hardworking Adults in Maine Would Benefit from Medicaid Expansion
Nurses & Care Aids
Sales & Retail
Office & Admin
What Would Medicaid
Expansion Mean for Maine?
6000 New Jobs
This initiative will create thousands of good paying jobs across the state including Maine’s rural areas. A YES vote for Medicaid expansion would mean an influx of federal dollars towards Maine’s health care providers including hospitals, doctor’s offices, and pharmacists. In addition, health care facility upgrades would result in the hiring of construction workers, support staff, and skilled workers.
Hospitals, Clinics & Care for Rural Maine
By voting YES for Medicaid expansion, we can help protect rural hospitals and clinics from closures and budget cuts. Maine’s rural hospitals and clinics are already in crisis. Each year, rural hospitals spend over $30 million on uncompensated care, and hospitals such as Calais have said they will need to stop delivering babies by year-end due to financial loses. By supporting Maine’s Medicaid expansion, we can provide families in rural Maine with necessary health care access.
Health Coverage for People Caught Between Systems
A large portion of Maine’s population does not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. Many are too young for Medicare but earn too high of an income to qualify for Medicaid. For those caught in between, Medicaid expansion will provide necessary health care coverage.
A Brighter Future for Maine Families
Affordable health care is a win for Maine now and in the future. Projections are showing $27 million in savings through decreased state funded health care spending, and savings to Maine’s criminal justice system. Maine will also receive an additional half a billion dollars in federal funds every year.
Meet Mainers Who
Hear from Mainers who need Medicaid coverage to survive
Kathy works 40 hours a week as a hairdresser and suffers from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). She needs oxygen, but can’t afford her monthly oxygen supply without Medicaid expansion.
Lynnea, mother to a 16-year-old boy, was employed as a contract government employee. Her contract didn’t allow her to qualify of health care insurance and her paycheck was too high to qualify for Medicaid.
Hear from Maine
Health Care Workers
“There is no other viable option for health insurance coverage for many of the individuals who will benefit from expansion. For many, it is Medicaid or nothing” – The Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors
Timothy has worked as an ICU and ER nurse for 20 years. Every day he sees people receive fragmented care because they don’t have affordable health care coverage.
Mary Beth Gagne
Mary Beth has worked for 26 year as a Pediatric Home Care Nurse. Seeing Maine’s health coverage struggle firsthand, she knows the difference Medicaid expansion would make for all Mainers.
Jane has worked 25 years at an Androscoggin county hospital. She frequently witnesses the health coverage gap in Maine, and encounters families of terminally ill patients go bankrupt trying to pay for treatment.
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