On January 3, Medicaid expansion was signed into law in Maine. Since then, more than 500 Mainers have been approved for coverage.
With support from Preble Street Health Services, Kelly reapplied for MaineCare and received her card last week! “If I’m going to live long, I need access to decent medical care,” she said. “I’ve had almost no access to the mental health or medical services I need. Having MaineCare is going to change that completely — it’s going to be a whole new set of opportunities. It changes my life.”
The expansion will make Medicaid available to roughly 70,000 more Mainers.
The average life expectancy for people experiencing homelessness is 28 years younger than for those with stable housing. Last month we mourned members of the homeless community who had passed away over the last year. The fact that people are dying decades too soon further highlights the need for healthcare, and Medicaid expansion is a step in the right direction.