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.
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Mainers who buy insurance through Healthcare.gov can expect to pay less or the same amount on average each month for benefits taking effect next year.
A respiratory virus that has sickened nearly 100 people across the United States may have infected at least one child in Maine.
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