Increasing access to affordable health
In 2009, the legislature created the Maine “Health
Care Bill of Rights,” to improve transparency, disclosure
and oversight of the health care industry; established an
in-home and community support system for adults with long-term
needs; and expanded rural access to preventive dental care.
- In 2010, the legislature passed first-in-the-nation
legislation banning annual and lifetime caps on insurance
policies, protecting those suffering from severe illness
from also facing catastrophic debt.
- Created a legislative task force to help implement national
health care reform.
- Expanded health benefits and access to insurance for
children with developmental disabilities, for the unemployed
and for Mainers with prosthetic limbs.
- Sent a bond to the voters to support rural dental clinics
and a Maine dental school.