health care

The U.S. Senate is considering a sweeping health care reform bill that includes provisions authored by Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins.

The website is photographed in Washington on Dec. 15, 2017. A burst of sign-ups is punctuating the end of a tumultuous year for former President Barack Obama’s health care law.
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Analysts are expecting another double digit increase for individual insurance rates in Maine under the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare enrollment is currently underway and ends on December 7th. This is the only time of year when more than 290,000 Medicare recipients in Maine can review and make changes to their Medicare coverage. Two experts join us to offer answers to your Medicare Open Enrollment questions--and information on where to get free help.

Guests:  Jim Baker, volunteer with Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging and a Medicare Open Enrollment expert.Jane Sung from AARP Public Policy Institute

Affordable Care Act: Sign Up

Oct 25, 2017

Experts give answers to listener questions about signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Guests:  Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent. Kaiser Health News


Kate Ende, Consumer Assistance Program Manager with Mainers for Affordable Health Care


Ashley McCarthy, Health Navigator Program Coordinator, Western Maine Community Action


Question 2: Medicaid Expansion

Oct 23, 2017

Ballot Issue 2 on the November ballot reads: “An Act To Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care. Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare 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?” Our panelists debate the pros and cons of the ballot measure.

Guests:  Garrett Martin, Executive Director of Maine Center for Economic Progress

The Month in Review

Sep 27, 2017

Our panel discusses the events that dominated Maine news during the month of September.

Guests: Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Ben Bragdon, the editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

Susan Young, Editorial Page Editor for the Bangor Daily News

Services for Immigrants & Refugees in Maine

Sep 11, 2017

What services are in place to empower immigrants and refugees once they come to Maine? Many of these newer arrivals thrive once they are connected to job skills, health care services, language instruction and basic cultural guidance.

Guests: Holly Lasagna, Health Promotion Manager at Healthy Androscoggin Alain J Nahimana, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center (GPIWC), Interim Executive DirectorJulia Trujillo Luengo, director, Office of Economic Opportunity, City of Portland 

The Month in Review

Jul 31, 2017

Our panel discusses all the news that was made in Maine during the month of July.

Guests:  Steve Mistler, Maine Public Radio, Chief Political Correspondent

Kathleen Fleury, Editor in Chief, Down East Magazine

Ben Bragdon, the editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

Health Care Update

Jun 26, 2017

With the release of the Senate's health care overhaul proposal, we hear from former NPR health care correspondent Julie Rovner on what's in the bill and how it will affect Americans. We will have call-ins from AARP, American Cancer Society, Maine Medical Association and from a rural hospital in Maine.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., (m.), with Greg Walden, R-Ore., (r.), and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., (l), during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

A plan put forth by U.S. House Republican leaders to replace the Affordable Care Act is getting a mixed response from the members of Maine’s Congressional delegation, and from stakeholders closer to home.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Consumer advocacy group Consumers for Affordable Health Care is suing the LePage Administration, over its cancellation of a contract that had the citizen group providing ombudsman services...offering assistance to people seeking services from MaineCare, Maine's medicaid program.

There's also a bill going before legislators to restore the ombudsman program.

Two Republican senators are pushing for an expansion of Medicaid in Maine to cover more low income residents, especially those in need of drug treatment. But the latest effort faces strong opposition in the GOP including an all but certain veto by Gov. Paul LePage.

AUGUSTA, Maine_ Legislative leaders have allowed a bill into next month's session that would re-establish the Medicaid managed care ombudsman that had been operating until the state Department of Health and Human Services failed to renew the contract to provide the service.

It's enrollment time for those using the ACA marketplace.  This is the program's third year, and some things have changed, including a bigger fine for those who don't enroll.  We'll answer questions about the plans available to people in Maine.

Guests:  Janice E. Daku, CCAP, NCRT, Western Maine Community Action, Inc., Elder Services/Health Navigator Program Manager
  Emily Brostek, Executive Director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care

What you need to know about getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Guests:  Jake Grindle, Health Navigator Program Coordinator, Western Maine Community Action 
  Emily Brostek, Executive Director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care