Maine families are facing a health care affordability crisis that has never been more apparent or urgent in the past two decades. The cost of health care in Maine is currently the highest in New England, with a recent poll showing that two-thirds of Mainers are just one major health crisis away from financial disaster. This situation is not only unacceptable but also dangerous as it takes away the focus on healing and instead puts it on how to pay for medical bills.
Despite the best efforts of the health care workforce in Maine to meet the medical needs of citizens, legislative action is needed to address this crisis and prevent further harm. Many people in Maine are forced to juggle putting food on the table and dealing with increasing medical bills, which can be both inexcusable and dangerous.
L.D. 1955 aims to expand access to free care for qualifying Mainers and prevent unfair debt collection practices and unreasonable repayment plans by hospitals and other health care facilities. Dr. Shannon Carr emphasizes that the time to act is overdue, and that action must be taken to allow for more affordable health care in Maine. If this issue is addressed head-on, Maine citizens can become stronger and healthier, free from the burden of financial stress caused by high medical costs.