Democratic Leaders Present Medicaid Expansion Bills to HHS Committee

Posted Monday, January 27, 2014 in Politics

by Andi Parkinson

Speaker of the House Mark Eves (D- N Berwick) presented his bill, LD 1578, “An Act To Increase Health Security by Expanding Federally Funded Health Care for Maine People” before the Health and Human Services Committee in a packed public hearing on January . Here is a clip of his address to committee members (link to released text of his prepared remarks).

Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) then presented his bill, LD 1640 “An Act To Enhance the Stability and Predictability of Health Care Costs for Returning Veterans and Others by Addressing the Issues Associated with Hospital Charity Care and Bad Debt”, is designed to address the specific needs of Maine’s service members and other Mainers who find themselves excluded from the existing Affordable Care Act. Here is video of the senator’s address to the committee and his prepared speech.

(Note: As access to healthcare for all Mainers has long been a personal cause for Senator Jackson, he went off script on occasion to stress the need.)

Here is a portion of his statement (link to rest of prepared remarks)

Both bills were held over during a HHS work session last week for a vote; it remains to be seen when they will eventually go before the Legislature.

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