Medicaid expansion helped Maine see huge decline in uninsured people

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Maine has experienced the largest decline in the percentage of those without health insurance in the country in the past two years. Having more people insured and having access to health care is good for their health and the state’s economy.

The decline in uninsured Mainers is partly due to the expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income Americans, here called MaineCare.

Voters vehemently approved the expansion of Medicaid in 2017. This came after the government of that time. Paul LePage vetoed legislation to expand eligibility for Medicaid, which has been approved several times by Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Even after voters approved the referendum to expand the government’s insurance program to more Mainers, LePage still refused to implement it.

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