Maine has fallen to from 10th to 24th in the nation for percentage of people with health coverage since 2010.
New Census Bureau data shows a bleak picture for Maine when it comes to improving access to affordable health coverage. Maine is the only state that has not experienced an increase in the percentage of people with health insurance coverage since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010.
Before then, under Governor John Baldacci's Dirgo Health Care agency more Mainers had health insurance coverage than ever before. Mainers from every background and income levels. But Gov. LePage dismantled Dirgo Health Care. The new census data also show that Maine currently ranks 24th in the nation in percentage of those with health coverage - down from 10th in 2010.
Approximately 134,000 or 10.1 percent of Mainers lacked access to health insurance in 2014, statistically the same as in 2010.
Maine is the only state that hasn't seen any improvement in health coverage since 2010. Every other state can boast the exact opposite.
Other states are covering more people and they have a lower percentage of their population without insurance. While a big driver of this is expanded Medicaid, even those states that haven't accepted federal funds to provide health care to low-income residents are still seeing significant gains in health coverage thanks to other provisions of the ACA.
This Census data makes clear that Mainers are bearing the brunt of the LePage administration's failed health care policy. The governor's success in cutting access to health care for low-income individuals and parents in his first term and his continued opposition to accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid make Maine an outlier when it comes to making sure that more people have access to affordable health care. This will have lasting effects for the health of Maine people and our economy.