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Survey Details Mainers' Struggles with Health Care Costs
03/26/2014 02:01 PM ET  

A new survey indicates that before the rollout of Obamacare health plans, Mainers - with and without insurance -struggled to pay health care costs.

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Wendy Wolf discusses survey with Patty Wight
Originally Aired: 3/26/2014 12:00 PM

The study was released today by the private, non-profit Maine Health Access Foundation. It shows that in December, before Affordable Care Act coverage became available, those with the lowest incomes said they had the hardest time paying for health care services.

But more than a quarter of Mainers with health insurance also reported experiencing problems. Maine Health Access President and CEO Wendy Wolf says this pre-market survey provides a benchmark, "so that we have a snapshot to compare, say, next year when the ACA has been in full implementation, and the year after, and the year after."

Wolf says the survey is the agency's attempt to answer the question: Is Maine really getting the full benefit of the Affordable Care Act?

View the full Maine Health Access Foundation survey.

This story was reported by Patty Wight and written by Ed Morin.



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