All posts tagged public option

Maine Finds a Health Care Fix Elusive

Read the full story | BAR HARBOR, Me. — When his car repair shop’s health insurance premiums doubled between 2000 and 2002, David White saw the problem as akin to a sputtering engine. So he got under the hood of […]

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Dirigo – Maine’s “Public Option” Is a Costly Failure

Read the full report | Passed in 2003, Maine’s Dirigo Health initiative was lauded as the first state-based universal coverage program this decade. Governor John Baldacci promised

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

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

Buyer Beware! Considerations for Small Businesses Examining Governor Baldacci’s DirigoChoice Health Plan

Read the full reportON JANUARY 3, 2005 Governor John Baldacci announced disappointing results for the first three months of DirigoChoice sales. Enrollments are far below original

Dirigo Health: Higher Costs, Reduced Benefits

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FACT

Only 20% of all insured US households will consume more than $2,000 in healthcare per year. Dirigo’s Family Premium