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Governor Discusses Health Care Reform with U.S. Senators

August 6, 2009

Governor Discusses Health Care Reform with U.S. Senators

AUGUSTA and WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a member of the select “Gang of Six,” a group of senior members of the Senate Finance Committee that have been meeting daily to find common ground on health care reform, U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) today participated in a conference call with governors from 12 states, including Governor John Baldacci, to discuss changes to the Medicaid program. In response, Senator Snowe and Governor Baldacci released the following joint statement:

“Today, we held a frank and productive discussion about comprehensive health care reform, as governors from 12 states participated in a conference call with the Gang of Six. The fact is Maine has been an early leader in recognizing the critical value of health insurance coverage. Both groups are steadfastly committed to bringing more people into the health care system. We also recognize the critical role states can play in helping to realign our health care system to focus on improvements such as better care coordination, which results in higher quality and lower cost. As the Finance Committee health reform package continues to take shape, it is essential that we remain in open dialogue.”

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