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Dirigo – More Costly and Less Effective than Ever

Read the full report | In the late evening on April 15th – Tax Day – a slim majority of the Maine Legislature passed a $57 to $72 million tax increase to fund the ballooning costs of the Dirigo Health […]

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Maine’s Choice: Have Medicaid Take Care of the Truly Vulnerable or Give Away Medicaid to the Middle Class

Read the full report | As state legislators in Augusta work to close a $200 million budget shortfall, they would be well advised to take a careful

Maine Medicaid Check Up Series Part III: Non-Elderly Adult Medicaid Spending

Read the full report | Recently, Maine state revenue forecasters projected a $95 million budget gap for the current biennium. As the Legislature goes into session in

Affordability, Accessibility or Priority? Defining and Understanding Maine’s Uninsured

Read the full report | Today, the US Census Bureau released figures on the uninsured rate for Maine, the other states and the US as a whole

Governor Jeb Bush: A Record of Leadership and Policy Accomplishment

Read the full report | In his two terms as Florida’s 43rd governor, Jeb Bush challenged the status quo and reshaped state government in order to lead

Maine’s Near-Universal Coverage for Children Makes SCHIP Expansion Unnecessary

Read the full report | As Congress debates a dramatic expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Maine’s experience shows that SCHIP expansion is unnecessary,

Part II: Child Medicaid Spending A Roadmap to Saving $128 Million in Maine Medicaid without Dropping Coverage for One Child.

Read the full report | In 2004, Maine had the second highest spending per child Medicaid beneficiary of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, spending

Health Savings Accounts: What they are, how they work, and why they are good for Maine

Read the full report | Since enacted into law by Congress in 2003, Health Savings Accounts (HSA) have provided Americans with the opportunity to save pre-tax dollars

The Savings Offset Payment: Dirigo Health’s Questionable Funding Strategy

Read the full report | The most politically-charged aspect of the Dirigo Health initiative is the funding mechanism called the Savings Offset Payment (SOP) tax. The funding

Eight Challenges for Dirigo Health in 2006

Read the full report | When Dirigo Health was introduced in May 2003, supporters promised that this health reform initiative would accomplish three important objectives: eliminate all