Maine Gov. Janet Mills signs executive order to expand Medicaid!

On her first day in office, Governor Janet Mills signed an executive order calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to begin implementing the expansion of Medicaid that Maine voters passed more than a year ago.

Mills took little time to bask in her historic win as Maine’s first female governor back in November before declaring she would implement the expansion that voters had passed last November.

The expansion will make Medicaid available to roughly 70,000 more Mainers.

Mills predecessor, Gov. Paul LePage had vehemently opposed the expansion and refused to implement it even after Maine voters passed it.

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RELATED: Read or watch Gov. Janet Mills’ full inaugural address

Mills had vowed to sign the expansion on her first day and that is exactly what she did Jan. 3.

Mills had said she would take immediate action to expand treatment and prevention for the opioid drug epidemic. She says Medicaid expansion will also help get more people into drug treatment.

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.

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Keep up the fight!

-Mike

Mike Tipping
MPA Communications Director
mike@mainepeoplesalliance.org

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