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The Affordability Crisis in Maine’s Healthcare: A Ticking Time Bomb Awaiting Urgent Action

In the last 20 years, I have seen firsthand how the affordability crisis of healthcare delivery in Maine has become increasingly urgent. The cost of healthcare in Maine is currently the highest in New England, with a recent survey showing that two-thirds of Mainers are just one major health crisis away from financial ruin. Families dealing with medical emergencies need to know the cost of healthcare so they can plan accordingly and avoid falling into debt.

The high cost of healthcare is putting a strain on many families in Maine, who must juggle putting food on the table and paying their medical bills. This situation is not only unjust but also dangerous, as it can take away from the focus on healing and instead put it on how to pay for medical treatment. Although the healthcare workforce in Maine is working hard to meet the medical needs of citizens, it’s clear that legislative action is needed to address this crisis and prevent further harm.

L.D. 1955 aims to increase access to free care for qualifying Mainers and prevent unfair debt collection practices by hospitals and other health care facilities. Dr. Shannon Carr emphasizes that the time for action is overdue, and immediate steps must be taken to provide more affordable healthcare options for Maine citizens. If we can address this issue head-on, we can make Maine families stronger and healthier overall, allowing them to focus on what truly matters: getting better.

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