Vital Signs: More Mainers lack health insurance

The share of Mainers without health insurance rose from 2012 to 2013, making the state one of just two nationally to record an increase, new U.S. Census data show.

Experts debated the reasons for the increase, but one analyst said the state’s decision to limit MaineCare eligibility may have contributed. Maine residents also may have had less access to health benefits through their jobs.

The data — which predates implementation of new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act — worried consumer advocates who warn that people without coverage face poorer health outcomes and financial insecurity.

Census: More Maine residents without health insurance

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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell



Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.