The affordability crisis of health care delivery in Maine has become increasingly urgent and apparent in the last two decades. Despite being the most expensive health care system in New England, recent polls show that two-thirds of Mainers are just one major health crisis away from financial disaster. Families dealing with medical emergencies deserve to know the cost of health care and be able to plan accordingly.
Many people in Maine are forced to juggle putting food on the table and dealing with increasing medical bills, which is not only inexcusable but also dangerous as it can take away the focus from healing and instead put it on how the bills will be paid. Although the health care workforce in Maine is doing their best to meet the medical needs of citizens, it is clear that 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. If this issue is addressed head-on, Maine citizens can become stronger and healthier. Dr. Shannon Carr emphasizes that the time to act is overdue and that action must be taken to allow for more affordable health care in Maine.