Maine sees biggest drop in uninsured rate under governor mills, according to new federal data

Maine sees biggest drop in uninsured rate under governor mills, according to new federal data

Governor Janet Mills announced today that the uninsured rate in Maine has seen the largest decline in the country in recent years.

The ruler sheds light on a new Report (PDF) From the US Census Bureau showing that the uninsured rate in Maine fell from 8.0 percent in 2019 to 5.7 percent in 2021, which is the largest percentage drop among all states in the country.

“Having health insurance saves lives. That is why, from my first day in office, I have fought to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Maine residents. This report shows that we have succeeded,” Governor Janet Mills said.“Over the past two years, despite the challenges of the pandemic, Maine has outpaced every other state in improving health coverage. Now more people in Maine can see a doctor, afford drugs, and receive preventive care, keeping the family and our economy healthy. Both. I will continue to fight for vital health care coverage that protects the lives and livelihoods of Maine residents.”

According to the report, 5.7 percent of Maine’s residents lacked health insurance in 2021, compared to 8.0 percent in 2019. This represents a decrease of 2.3 percentage points, the largest of any state, with Idaho ranking second. This percentage point change in the uninsured rate translates to a 27 percent decrease in the estimated number of uninsured people to 77,639 in 2021. Maine moved from 26th to 14th from the lowest uninsured rate in the state.

Moreover, as a result of an increase in the number of people with health insurance in Maine, noncompensated care for Maine hospitals decreased by $84.1 million between 2018 and 2020, according to information from the Maine Health Data Organization.

“Thanks to Governor Mills’ leadership, the uninsured rate in Maine has fallen more than any other state in the country,”Health and Human Services Commissioner Jane Lambro said:. This means that more people in Maine can get the care they need without having to choose between other necessities. The census report shows that the governor’s commitment to the health of Maine’s residents and the economy of Maine is paying off.”

From her first day in office, the governor has worked to improve access to affordable health coverage. Her efforts are paying off as more people in Maine are able to get the care they need.” said Ann Lawson, CEO of Consumer Affordable Care. “This is also good news for the many healthcare providers who rely on patient care coverage to help keep their doors open.”

“Maine’s hospitals have always supported expanding health coverage and this great news proves it’s the right policy,” said Steve Michaud, president of the Maine Hospital Association. “With the federal government paying for the vast majority of Medicaid expansion, this is a huge win for people in Maine, hospitals and other caregivers, and Maine’s economy.”

The census report also confirms the progress that has been made under the mills administration in ensuring that Maine residents have access to health insurance. Shows small increases in employer-based and other private coverage as well as significant increases in coverage as a result of Medicaid expansion in Maine.

This latest report follows an August report from the US Department of Health and Human Services showing that the rate of uninsured in Maine fell by nearly 5 percentage points among those eligible for a Medicaid expansion from 2018 to 2020, the third largest drop in the country.

Governor Mills’ successful track record in healthcare includes:

  • Medicaid Expansion: Medicaid expansion was approved overwhelmingly by people in Maine in 2017 at the ballot box. Prohibited by the previous administration, carrying out the expansion was Governor Mills’ first official act as governor and was her administration’s first step in improving health care for the people of Maine. Today, 99,312 residents are covered by the expansion, and it has helped more than 136,000 people in the three years since its launch – or roughly one in 10 residents. The federal government pays 90 percent of the cost of this coverage, subsidizing the cost of hospitals to care for patients who previously did not have insurance, a move that has been particularly important during the pandemic.
  • Status of Affordable Care Act protections in state law: In 2019, just weeks after expanding Medicaid, Governor Mills also signed into law bipartisan legislation to legalize insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions, ensuring that people with cancer, asthma, or other chronic conditions in Maine are not charged more. of fees or refuse special coverage entirely from state-regulated insurance companies.
  • Enrolling more people in health insurance: Also under the leadership of Governor Mills, Maine has created its own health insurance marketplace in the state – CoverME.gov. A state-based market allows the State of Maine to customize the market to suit the needs of Maine residents and to allocate access and resources toward unsecured communities. In its first open enrollment for 2022, CoverME.gov registered 66,095 individuals, a 10 percent increase from 2021, reflecting the decline in market plan selections since 2017.
  • Making health insurance more affordable for small businesses: Thanks to a bill proposed by Mills Governor and signed into law, small businesses will see the first annual reduction in average health insurance premiums since at least 2001, while small group average premiums will increase in many other northeastern states. The governor also launched the Small Business Health Insurance Premium Relief Program, which lowers the cost of monthly health insurance premiums for small businesses and their employees. It has saved more than $20 million for 5,764 small businesses in Maine and 46,348 people in Maine — employees and their families — as of June 2022.

In 2020, Governor Mills signed the law Made for Maine Health Coverage Law, a unanimously approved bill that would make some of the most common medical visits free or less expensive; simplifies shopping for a health care plan; Take advantage of federal funds to help make premiums more affordable for small businesses; And he puts Maine in the driver’s seat to make sure everyone in Maine has clear choices for their coverage.

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