The affordability crisis of health care delivery in Maine has reached a critical point. For two decades, I have witnessed the struggle of families facing increasing medical bills while trying to put food on the table. This situation is not only unfair but also dangerous, as it takes away focus from healing and puts it on how the bills will be paid. Despite the best efforts of the health care workforce in Maine, legislative action is needed to address this crisis and prevent further harm.
The health care system in Maine is currently the most expensive in New England, with a recent poll showing that two-thirds of Mainers are just one major health crisis away from financial disaster. Families dealing with medical emergencies deserve to know the cost of health care and be able to plan accordingly. L.D. 1955 aims to expand access to free care for qualifying Mainers and prevent unfair debt collection practices and unreasonable repayment plans by hospitals and other health care facilities.
Dr. Shannon Carr emphasizes that the time to act is overdue, and action must be taken to allow for more affordable health care in Maine. If this issue is addressed head-on, Maine citizens can become stronger and healthier. It’s time for legislative action to address this crisis and ensure that everyone has access to affordable healthcare services they need without fearing financial ruin or putting their own well-being at risk because of medical bills.