Editor: Medicaid expansion helped Maine see significant decline in uninsured population

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Maine had the largest drop in the number of people without health insurance in the country over the past two years. Having more people with insurance and access to health care is good for their health, as well as the public finances.

The decline in uninsured Mainers is another reason for the expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income Americans, now called MaineCare.

Voters overwhelmingly approved Medicaid expansion in 2017. This came after then-Gov. Paul LePage has voted for legislation to expand Medicaid eligibility, which has been approved by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, several times. Even after voters approved a referendum to expand the state’s insurance program to more Mainers, LePage still refused to use it.