When David and Robin Millward moved to Ogunquit, Maine, in November from London, England, they knew that getting health insurance coverage was a priority - perhaps even more of a priority for them because David has an hereditary heart condition. And so, like thousands of others residents of the Pine Tree State, they enrolled with Maine Community Health Options - one of the two health insurance companies available under the state's online marketplace. (The other one is Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.) But the Millwards say their experience so far leaves a lot to be desired - and the company acknowledges that an unexpectedly high number of enrollees caught them off guard. Tom Porter has more.
The day after a proposed compromise to Medicaid expansion was unveiled by two Maine Senate Republicans, the LePage administration has launched a counter-offensive. The administration said today that "Medicaid expansion is bad for the environment." Commissioners from state natural resource agencies gathered with Department of Health and Human Services officials to make their case, as lawmakers were preparing to take up the Medicaid expansion bill this afternoon. Patty Wight reports.
A compromise plan to expand Medicaid in Maine is on the table. Two Republican lawmakers drafted the proposal that would move the state's Medicaid program to a managed care model, in a bid to contain costs and appease Republicans opposed to expanding the program. But as Patty Wight reports, the plan doesn't seem to be convincing key GOP lawmakers to embrace expansion.