The High Price of Healthcare: How Maine Families Are Struggling to Afford Medical Care Amidst Increasing Medical Bills

Make free health care access a priority

Maine families are facing a crisis in accessing affordable healthcare, with the state’s healthcare system being the most expensive in New England. A recent poll revealed that two-thirds of Mainers are just one major health crisis away from financial disaster. This leaves many families struggling to put food on the table while also dealing with increasing medical bills.

The situation is not only frustrating but also dangerous as it can take away the focus from healing and instead put it on how the bills will be paid. Despite the best efforts of the health care workforce in Maine, legislative action is needed to address this crisis and prevent further harm.

L.D. 1955 aims to address this issue by expanding access to free care for qualifying Mainers and preventing 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 healthcare in Maine. By addressing this crisis head-on, Maine citizens can become stronger and healthier, allowing them to focus on their wellbeing instead of worrying about medical bills.

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