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MaineCare recipients tell DHHS at hearing that payment, work requirements could harm them

The state seeks a federal waiver to charge premiums and require jobs or volunteerism for able-bodied program beneficiaries.
May 17, 2017 | Portland Press Herald

Judy Bullard says MaineCare is keeping her alive, and she would be in dire straits if she lost her health insurance and could no longer afford her epilepsy medication.

“If I don’t have health care, I will die,” Bullard said. “I need medication not just to live a happy and healthy life, but to stay alive.”

Bullard, 56, of Old Orchard Beach, testified at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Wednesday at a Maine Department of Health and Human Services public hearing. About 100 people attended and more than a dozen testified.

The hearing was on the state’s request for a federal waiver that would allow Maine to impose new mandates on some MaineCare recipients… [Read more]