The crisis of health care affordability in Maine has become increasingly urgent over the past two decades. With the most expensive health care system in New England and a recent poll showing that two-thirds of Mainers are just one major health crisis away from financial disaster, it’s clear that families are struggling to keep up with the high costs of medical care.

Health care providers in Maine are working hard to meet the needs of their patients, but legislative action is needed to address this crisis and prevent further harm. Many people in Maine are forced to choose between putting food on the table and mounting medical bills, which can be both inexcusable and dangerous for families dealing with medical emergencies.

To help address this issue, LD 1955 aims to expand access to free care for eligible 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 now over, as immediate action is needed to make health care more affordable for Maine citizens who deserve better access to quality care without breaking the bank.

By Editor

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