Maine People’s Alliance: Give Seniors and the Disabled access to transportation.

Maine People's Alliance
You can’t stay healthy if you can’t get to the doctor or fill your prescription at the local pharmacy.

It might seem like common sense, but for many Maine seniors and people with disabilities, tasks like these can be next to impossible without access to safe and reliable transportation.

Six years ago, Governor LePage fundamentally privatized the MaineCare ride system, and mismanagement and miscommunication caused thousands of Mainers to be stranded, unable to get to things like scheduled cancer treatments or to pick up lifesaving medicine. Despite some small changes and improvements since then, the system is still wildly unreliable for many Mainers.

Tell DHHS to fix Maine’s ride program for seniors and people with disabilities.

Fortunately, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services just announced that they want to overhaul the MaineCare rides program.

The Department is holding public hearings across the state on this issue this month. They need to hear from Mainers who’ve used this program and their families about how to ensure that we are providing the best services to those who need it.

Send a public comment to DHHS and tell them to fix Maine’s ride program for our seniors and people with disabilities.

It’s clear that Maine can do better when it comes to making sure our most vulnerable citizens can get transportation when they need it. No one should be denied access to care simply because they don’t have the means to transport themselves. Write a public comment to DHHS today and we’ll deliver it to them at the next public hearing.

Thanks for all you do.

Amy Halsted
MPA Co-Director
amy@mainepeoplesalliance.org

P.S. The next DHHS public listening session will be in Lewiston on Monday, November 18th. You can click here for more information about the dates and times of these sessions. Let us know if you can attend one!

Sexual harassment trainer booted from Statehouse (but why?)

 

AUGUSTA, Maine — State legislators in Maine have asked a woman hired to give lobbyists free sexual harassment training not to come back following complaints over her presentation.

Karen Ryla from the Bangor-based Work Performance Solutions was hired to lead the training sessions as part of a new law passed last year.

Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby said lobbyists told him after Thursday’s session the training was not tailored enough to the power dynamics and work relationships in the Statehouse.

Taryn Hallweaver with the Maine People’s Alliance posted on Twitter that fellow lobbyists had to make corrections and counter “over-the-top” examples provided.

Libby says the remaining sessions will be led by the Legislature’s human resources director, Jackie Little.

(Things that make you go, “hmm..”)

157 Mainers die every year that we don’t accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage

Maine People's Alliance
Robin,I had an incredibly fun and insightful interview with Mainers for Health Care (Yes on 2) campaign manager Jennie Pirkl on the Beacon podcast this week, and something she said got me thinking.

She reminded me that the best evidence we have indicates that about 157 Mainers die every year we fail to accept federal funding to expand health coverage through Medicaid. Over the last few years, we’ve seen it happen. We know some of their names. We’ve read their obituaries.

157 people a year over the next couple decades is more than 3,000 lives that could be saved and only 220,000 people voted in the last odd-year referendum election.

So, if Question 2 passes with a bare majority, it will save about one life for every 35 votes.

35 votes! That’s one radio ad! That’s a couple shifts of knocking on doors!

This election matters and it has never been easier to make a difference. You could literally save someone’s life. Visit www.mainersforhealthcare.org to give some money or volunteer right now.

Also on Beacon recently:

Thanks as always for your feedback and for sharing these pieces on social media.

Keep up the fight!

-Mike

Mike Tipping
MPA Communications Director
mike@mainepeoplesalliance.org

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