Maine families are facing a crisis when it comes to the affordability of health care delivery. The cost of health care in Maine is currently the highest in New England, with a recent poll showing that two-thirds of Mainers are just one major health crisis away from financial disaster. This is not only unacceptable but also dangerous for those who need to focus on healing instead of worrying about how to pay their medical bills.
The situation is even more concerning as many people in Maine are forced to juggle putting food on the table and dealing with increasing medical bills. This can take away the focus from their health and wellbeing and put them in a difficult position financially. Despite the hard work of the health care workforce in Maine, 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. Dr. Shannon Carr emphasizes that the time to act is overdue, and action must be taken to allow for more affordable health care in Maine. If this issue is addressed head-on, Maine citizens can become stronger and healthier, able to focus on their wellbeing without the burden of financial stress weighing them down.