Nearly 75,000 Maine residents chose a health insurance plan during the second sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act, according to preliminary federal figures that capture a last-minute rush to enroll before Sunday’s deadline.
That’s just over 60 percent of the 124,000 Maine residents eligible to buy a private plan on the federal health insurance marketplace, ranking Maine among the top-enrolling states in the nation.
But the fate of the health law remains uncertain. By this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether federal subsidies to help consumers afford insurance can be used only in states that established their own insurance marketplaces or, as is the case now, in states that use the federal marketplace. Maine is among six states hoping to keep the subsidies.
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Sharon Leahy-Lind, once a division director for the Maine Center for Disease Control, sued DHHS and her bosses at the CDC after she said she was harassed and retaliated against for refusing to shred public documents.
Robert K. Desai was disciplined by a state board for treating patients while intoxicated last May.
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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell