WERU News Report 11/19/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

With all of the focus on the problems with the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, a looming health care crisis for some of Maine’s most vulnerable residents seems to be flying under the radar. In January, 25,000 low income Mainers will lose their Mainecare coverage, and others will not be able to qualify. And even if they could afford to purchase insurance thru Obamacare, a loophole in the law means that they will not get the subsidies that those with higher incomes will receive to make the prices more affordable.

Looking ahead to the next legislative session, White House staff joined Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and State Representative Linda Sanborn in hosting a phone conference yesterday to discuss the importance of expanding Medicaid coverage in Maine. Here’s what they had to say. (Also features a clip from a recent interview with Mitchell Stein, Policy Director for Consumers for Affordable Health Care)