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Report lauds quality of NH, Maine health care | The Associated Press via Bangor Daily News

Report lauds quality of NH, Maine health care | The Associated Press via Bangor Daily News

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2009 State Snapshots

 

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Bangor Daily News website offers Maine health data | Bangor Daily News

Bangor Daily News website offers Maine health data | Bangor Daily News

 

Mainers to see insurance rate hike as Anthem granted increase | Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Superintendent of Insurance Mila Kofman this week ruled on a proposed increase in monthly health insurance premiums by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine, granting the Indiana-based company an average 14 percent increase for its nongroup individual policies. That’s lower than the 23 percent increase Anthem had requested for the period of July 1, 2010, to June 31, 2011.

An Anthem spokesman said Friday that the company, which could appeal the decision in court, is still reviewing the superintendent’s findings.

The smaller increase will do little to relieve Mainers struggling to afford nongroup coverage. Under the 14 percent increase approved this week, for example, a single, 35-year-old adult with no children and a $2,250 annual deductible could pay as much as $509 a month for basic health care coverage. A married couple with two children could pay almost $1,300 a month for the same coverage plan.

The new rates will take effect Oct. 1 and be modified to reflect Anthem’s originally requested start date of July 1. About 11,000 Mainers will be affected by the rate increase.

Click for the rest of this story by Meg Haskell in the Bangor Daily News.

Three companies selling false insurance in Maine | Bangor Daily News

Three companies selling false insurance in Maine | Bangor Daily News.

Obama in Maine: ‘Promise’ fulfilled | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Obama: ‘Promise’ fulfilled | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Text of President Obama’s speech at Portland Expo

Snowe faults Reid, Pelosi for blocking health bill changes | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Snowe faults Reid, Pelosi for blocking health bill changes | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Mainers wait and wonder: How will reform affect us? | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Mainers wait and wonder: How will reform affect us? | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine delegation’s only ‘undecided’ is feeling heat over health care vote | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine delegation’s only ‘undecided’ is feeling heat over health care vote | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

[For full disclosure, Rep. Michaud and I are not related. To the best of my knowledge, anyway. — KM]

Report: More Mainers will die early without health reform | MPBN

Report: More Mainers will die early without health reform

Woman visiting Maine shares peaceful view of Afghanistan | Bangor Daily News

Woman shares peaceful view of Afghanistan – Bangor Daily News.

Study cites Maine’s progress on income, insurance coverage | Kennebec Journal

AUGUSTA, Maine – The state needs more college-educated workers, lower energy and health care costs, and more investment in research and development, according to a report to lawmakers.

The Maine Economic Growth Council, a 19-member panel with business, labor, education and legislative representatives, released its 2010 Measures of Growth report to legislative leaders released Thursday.

The report examines the state’s progress on 24 indicators, awarding gold stars for progress and red flags for areas that need attention. It’s designed to help lawmakers and the governor’s office consider long-term implications as they make decisions on legislation, said Laurie Lachance, president of the Maine Development Foundation.

“No single indicator tells the whole story of Maine,” she said. “This report looks at long-term, more structural issues. It’s not meant to be a judgment of what’s happening today.”

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Susan Cover in the Kennebec Journal.

Mainers protest Anthem rate hike| Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — From Presque Isle, Deer Isle, Camden and Mapleton, Mainers traveled to Bangor Wednesday afternoon to protest the latest health insurance cost increase requested by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine.

“The hogs have come to the trough to feed again at the expense of those who use the coverage the least,” said lobsterman Leroy Bridges of Deer Isle, who purchases individual coverage for himself and his wife, with a $15,000 annual deductible each. “If they’re allowed a rate increase even close to what they’re asking, we’ll have to let it go; we got no choice.”

Bridges did not say how much his high-deductible coverage costs, but others at the meeting said similar policies cost close to $500 a month.

Anthem says the 23 percent average increase in the cost of its HealthChoice and Lumenos plans — for people who purchase health coverage individually instead of through an employer or other group — is needed to offset the growing cost and use of health care services and the unique challenges of the insurance market in Maine.

About 11,000 Anthem policyholders would be affected by the increase, which would take effect July 1 if approved.

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Meg Haskell in the Bangor Daily News.

Konbit Sante doctor sees Haitians’ generosity amid despair | Portland Press Herald

Konbit Sante doctor sees Haitians’ generosity amid despair | Portland Press Herald.

Poll: Mainers split on health care proposal

Poll: Mainers split on health care proposal

EMMC to cut 100 positions to trim budget – Bangor Daily News

 EMMC to cut 100 positions to trim budget – Bangor Daily News.