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Eastern Maine Medical Center facing $7 million shortfall

“It has made a difference in the amount of free care and possibly bad debt that we’re seeing,” Raczek said of the cuts and failure to expand MaineCare. “Also, it’s been evident that those individuals have been accessing and seeking care. If they do get sick, then they come to the hospital and they’re much more ill than they would be if they had been accessing care on an ongoing basis.

- Dr. James Raczek, EMMCS’s hospital’s chief operating and medical officer on the impact of not accepting federal health care dollars to cover more Mainers. Eastern Maine Medical Center facing $7 million shortfall

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For people like Peter Miller in Ellsworth, the fight to expand access to health care in Maine is a life or death situation. Peter, who lost MaineCare coverage in January, has a blood clot in his lower intestine that requires daily medication. Without it, he’ll soon be back in the emergency room.

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"Lawmakers have the opportunity to support a bipartisan proposal for health care for 70,000 Maine people,” said Speaker of the House Mark Eves. “The debate we will have today is about people whose lives are on the line. People, living paycheck to paycheck, who simply can’t afford a family doctor. They are our neighbors, they are veterans who served our country, they are small business owners who run the local restaurant, or the farmers and fishermen who put food on our table and stock our grocery stores. We cannot leave them behind."

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Sara Hotchkiss, who lives in Waldoboro and runs a weaving studio, is one of almost 70,000 Mainers who are being denied access to health care by Governor Paul LePage.

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It saved our lives

Tom Benne and his wife Paula both needed critical medical care and were covered under their MaineCare. Now they’re losing access to health care along with thousands of other Mainers because of Governor LePage.

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Thrown to the wolves

Richard Holt, a lobsterman and scalloper from South Portland, lost his MaineCare at the beginning of January because Governor LePage refuses to accept federal health care dollars. Nagged by an injury he suffered years ago and exacerbated by the physical nature of his work, Richard wonders what he will do now that he is without health insurance.

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Losing the farm

Gail MacLean is one of 70,000 Mainers who are being denied health care coverage by Governor Paul LePage. Without access to health care, Gail fears that she could lose everything if she suffers another injury.

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Medicaid expansion vote has real-life impact for low-income Mainers | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

"For the most financially destitute Mainers, the Senate debate and voteWednesday that dimmed the prospects for Medicaid expansion was more than a political and ideological battle. It likely put health insurance out of reach for them this year.”

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Dwight and his wife Clarice are from Lincoln.  Dwight  was just laid-off from the Lincoln mill due to the boiler explosion.  They have worked hard all their lives.  Now, they are without any options for health care.

With only unemployment insurance, they make too little to qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The ACA was designed to cover them by offering federal funds to states to extend Medicaid, or as we call it Mainecare, to cover people who need insurance.

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For people like Peter Miller in Ellsworth, the fight to expand access to health care in Maine is a life or death situation. Peter, who lost MaineCare coverage in January, has a blood clot in his lower intestine that requires daily medication. Without it, he’ll soon be back in the emergency room.