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Starting on June 10, 2024, Dr. Lambrew will become the Director of Health Care Reform for The Century Foundation, a Washington-based think tank that conducts research, develops solutions, and drives policy change. Additionally, Dr. Lambrew has been invited by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to join them as an Adjunct Professor of Health Policy.

“The news of Commissioner Lambrew’s transition is bittersweet,” said Ann Woloson, Executive Director, Consumers for Affordable Health Care. “So many Mainers have benefited from her leadership and from the amazing work and dedication of the team she has put together in the Department. Tens of thousands of Mainers have health coverage and are accessing the health care they need as a result of policy initiatives the Commissioner moved forward. Her policy experience and service on behalf of Mainers has made Maine a better place to live and work. She will be missed but I know she will continue her good work as she moves forward.”

The bill would require health care facilities to post signs in their buildings and on their websites that facility fees are being charged, but it does not require that hospitals or other health care settings disclose the specific amounts of the fees. The amount a patient pays can vary, depending on their insurance coverage.

Woloson said that requiring any additional information to be provided to patients is a good step toward greater transparency.

Consumers for Affordable Health Care surveyed Mainers about facility fees this year and found that 27% said they had been charged such fees and 62% said they were excessive.

“We are hopeful that policymakers will take additional steps that help minimize the burden such fees have on patients,” Woloson said.

Lawmakers removed from the bill a provision that would have barred patients who receive services through telehealth – without visiting a health care facility – from getting charged a facility fee.

Former Maine State Rep. Richard A. Evans, M.D., was the recipient of the American Medical Association Award for Outstanding Government Service at ceremonies held on February 14, in Washington.

Dr. Evans is a board member of Maine’s Consumers for Affordable Health Care.

2024

 

     
5/7/2024 Governor's Press Release HHS Commissioner Lambrew stepping down end of May
4/18/2024 American Nurses Association–Maine. Dr. Richard Evans of Dover-Foxcroft Receives National Award
4/19/2024 Portland Press Herald Maine lawmakers approve slimmed-down version of hospital facility fee bill
4/16/2024 Maine Morning Star Maine Legislature splits on bills designed to rein in burden of medical debt
4/16/2024

News from the States

Maine Legislature splits on bills designed to rein in burden of medical debt

3/24/2024 Bangor Daily News Maine’s policymakers must take action to protect Mainers from medical debt
3/21/2024 Maine Wire Maine Lawmakers Consider Insulating Medical Debt from Credit Score Calculation, Interest Accumulation, and Legal Action
3/19/2024 Portland Press Herald Consumer advocates urge passage of bill to regulate hospital facility fees
3/15/2024 Portland Press Herald Legislation would regulate hidden medical facility fees
3/13/2024 MaineShare MaineShare Member Spotlight: Consumers for Affordable Health Care
3/5/2024 Maine Beacon With 40% of Mainers carrying medical debt, lawmakers look to limit the burden
2/23/2024 Public News Service ME survey shows support for transpant hospital prices, facility fee limits
2/23/2024 Big News Network ME survey shows support for transpant hospital prices, facility fee limits
2/19/2024 Piscataquis Observer AMA honors Dr. Evans with Government Service Award
2/23/2024 Public News Service Survey shows support for transparent hospital prices, facility fee limits
2/14/2024 American News Journal Jackson bill seeks to lower the price of insulin, ease access for nonprofit manufacturers
2/14/2024 Maine Morning Star Jackson bill seeks to lower the price of insulin, ease access for nonprofit manufacturers
2/12/2024 Public News Service Facility fees add to growing concerns over medical debt
2/12/2024 Maine Beacon Facility fees add to growing concerns over medical debt
2/11/2024 Portland Press Herald Loophole leaves Maine patients vulnerable to hefty ambulance fees
2/8/2024 Maine Beacon Amid ‘unwinding,’ some Mainers say they’re being made to jump through hoops to keep MaineCare
2/8/2024 Bangor Daily News Maine free clinics are seeing an increasingly high demand for care
2/7/2024 Maine Public Free clinics in Maine are seeing an increasingly high demand for care
1/25/2024 Maine.gov - DHHS CoverME.gov Finishes Open Enrollment with Many New Consumers Covered This Year
1/25/2024 FOX23 Maine Maine lawmakers propose bills to help Mainers with medical debt
1/25/2024 Maine Public Pair of Maine bills aimed at limiting medical debt
1/25/2024 Maine Morning Star Lawmakers unveil proposals to rein in Mainers’ medical debt burden
1/25/2024 WABI 5 Two bills introduced aim to address medical debt for Mainers
1/25/2024 FOX22 ABC7 ME lawmakers introduce bills combating medical debt
1/25/2024 WLOX 13 2 bills introduced aim to address medical debt for Mainers
1/25/2024 NewsCenter Maine Lawmakers , consumer experts push two bills aimed at tackling medical debt
1/26/2024 Bangor Daily News 2 Maine bills want to limit medical debt
1/26/2024 WGME 13 Maine lawmakers propose bills to help Mainers with medical debt
1/26/2024 NewsCenter Maine (YouTube) Maine bill could restrict ways providers sell medical debt to collection agencies
1/10/2024 DHHS Press Release CoverME.gov Attracting New Consumers as Final Deadline for 2024 Coverage Approaches
1/10/2024 Maine Public Maine health insurance marketplace enrollment on track with last year's signups
1/2/2024 Beacon Mainers get another chance at open enrollment for health coverage

2023

12/26/2023 Public News Service Mainers get another chance at open enrollment for health care coverage
12/21/2023 Maine Public, Maine Calling Health Insurance Options
12/15/2023 CAHC's Policy Perspectives Latest News on the Fight for Prescription Drug Affordability, the Inflation Reduction Act, and Implications for Mainers
12/13/2023 Governor Mills Press Release Mills Urges Maine People to Sign Up by December 15 for Affordable Health Insurance Through CoverME.gov
12/7/2023 Spectrum News Unexplained health care facility fees causing ‘angst amongst the public,’ Maine com¬mission chair¬woman says
12/1/2023 News Center Maine Task force forms to address and better understand health care 'facility fees' in Maine
11/30/2023 Biddeford Saco OOB Courier Enrolling in affordable health care plans
11/1/2023 Public News Service Subsidies protect most Mainers from ACA insurance cost hikes
11/1/2023 Governor Mills - Maine DHHS PR CoverME.gov Now Open for Shopping and Enrolling in Affordable Health Plans
9/27/2023 Express HC Mngmt The Office of Affordable Health Care in Maine Addresses Barriers to Accessing Medical Care
9/27/2023 Maine Public Office of Affordable Health Care holds first ever public hearing
9/25/2023 Public News Service First public hearing for Mainers on healthcare, drug costs
9/14/2023 CentralMaine.com Filling the Gaps training announcement
9/1/2023 Maine Public Health insurance rates going up more than 14% on average in Maine's 2024 marketplace
8/29/2023 Maine Public The list of drug prices to be negotiated by Medicare are among the most costly in Maine
8/25/2023 Public News Service MaineCare recipients urged to update forms to ensure coverage
8/10/2023 Maine Public Most people have retained Medicaid coverage in Maine, according to health department data
7/11/2023 Portland Press Herald Hospital facility fees to be investigated under new law
6/29/2023 MaineBeacon Opinion: Survey results show a “broken” health care system in Maine
6/28/2023 MaineBeacon Campaign to extend MaineCare coverage to all eligible noncitizens vows to fight on
6/13/2023 Senate.gov Senators Braun, Hassan, Kennedy lead bipartisan bill to fix part of Medicare billing structure, saving billions
6/5/2023 Maine Beacon Majority of Mainers Concerned with Medical Debt, Rising Health Care Costs
6/5/2023 Public News Service Majority of Mainers Concerned with Medical Debt, Rising Health Care Costs
5/27/2023 Portland Press Herald LTE: Poll of Mainers confirms what we know about health care
5/25/2023 centralmaine.com Lawmakers may study hospital ‘facility fees’ before restricting them
5/24/2023 WMTW8 Legislators advance bill to address hospital facility fees
5/15/2023 Maine Public Bill would seek to reduce drug costs for Mainers by setting limits on price
5/15/2023 Portland Press Herald Prescription drug bill would tie Maine drug prices to Medicare rates
5/11/2023 Portland Press Herald Patients, advocates clash with hospitals over bill to restrict facility fees in medical bills
5/11/2023 Maine Public Mainers' concerns over health care costs spark debate over facility fees
5/11/2023 Fox22 Bangor ABC7 Proposed bill to fight health care crisis
5/11/2023 Spectrum News Maine Senate president calls for limits on medical facility fees, saying Mainers are being ‘nickel and dimed’
5/8/2023 Maine Public Central Maine Healthcare hospitals to become Tier 1 under Anthem
5/3/2023 Maine Beacon Amid nationwide attacks, trans Mainers, supporters push bills 'to make community healthier and safer'
4/28/2023 Portland Press Herald Maine Legislature may restrict ‘facility fees’ charged by hospitals
4/17/2023 Portland Press Herald Hospitals face new wave of competition from infusion centers
4/12/2023 Portland Press Herald Bill would protect access to gender-affirming care that’s being restricted by other states
4/3/2023 Public News Service Lawmakers Consider Expansion of MaineCare to All Immigrant Adults
3/13/2023 Maine Beacon Poll: Most Mainers think access to affordable healthcare for everyone should be a priority
3/13/2023 Maine News Service End of Public Health Emergency Brings Changes to Mainers' Medicaid Coverage
3/8/2023 MainePublic Maine prepares for lapse of pandemic-era Medicaid eligibility safety net
3/8/2023 Bangor Daily News Maine prepares for end of pandemic-era Medicaid eligibility safety net
3/8/2023 Portland Press Herald Maine launches campaign to ensure MaineCare recipients don’t lose health insurance
1/27/2023 MainePublic As ACA enrollment reaches record highs nationwide, Maine sees decline for 2023
1/27/2023 Bangor Daily News Fewer Mainers signed up for health insurance through ACA marketplace
1/14/2023 WMTW Channel 8 News Deadline for Mainers to sign up for health insurance is Sunday
1/11/2023 newswire/Governor's Office Maine People Urged to Sign Up by the January 15 Deadline for Affordable Health Insurance Through CoverME.gov
1/11/2023 CentralMaine.com State affordable health insurance deadline is Jan. 15
1/11/2023 Conway Daily Sun Maine people urged to sign up by Jan. 15 deadline for insurance

2022

12/19/2022 Public News Service Maine Increases Rates of Children with Health Insurance
12/19/2022 Fox 23 Gov. Mills reminds Mainers to sign up for affordable health insurance before it's too late
12/14/2022 WABI Mainers encouraged to sign up for health insurance by Thursday
12/14/2022 News Center Maine Mills urges Mainers to secure health insurance before deadline
12/14/2022 Maine Public Mainers have one more day to enroll in health insurance plans effective Jan. 1
12/14/2022 Spectrum News Mainers encouraged to sign up for health coverage
12/14/2022 Maine.gov Press Release: Governor Mills Urges Maine People to Sign Up by Dec.15 for Affordable Health Insurance Through CoverME.gov
11/21/2022 Public News Service (ME) Hospital Charity Care Could Help More Mainers Avoid Medical Debt
11/2/2022 Public News Service (ME) 'Family Glitch' Fix Means More Affordable Healthcare for Maine Families
11/1/2022 Maine Public Open enrollment begins for health insurance on ACA marketplace
11/1/2022 Maine Calling, MainePublic Information about open enrollment for Maine's health insurance marketplace
9/19/2022 Maine.gov Maine.gov press release: Maine Has Largest Decline in Uninsured Rate Under Governor Mills According to New Federal Data
8/21/2022 Portland Press Herald Hidden charges, denied claims: Medical bills leave patients confused, frustrated, helpless
8/21/2022 Portland Press Herald How to protect yourself against unexpected medical bills, insurance denials
8/18/2022 Maine Public After public dispute, MaineHealth and Anthem aren't sharing details of their new insurance agreement
8/10/2022 Bangor Daily News Democrats’ spending bill could keep 14K Mainers insured
8/7/2022 Bangor Daily News Congress must extend gains in health coverage that are vital to Mainers and millions of Americans
7/16/2022 Maine.gov Federal Government approves Maine's plan to improve health insurance for small businesses
5/25/2022 WGME Insured by Anthem? Here's what you need to know as Maine Med prepares to leave network
4/28/2022 Public News Service Maine Lawmakers Took Health Care Seriously This Session
4/17/2022 Portland Press Herald $136 for a $2 bag of saline? Anthem, MaineHealth trade blame in billing disputes also picked up by the Sun Journal, Kennebec Journal and Yahoo! News
4/8/2022 WMTW.com Reaction to Maine Med's departure from Anthem network continues
4/8/2022 Sun Journal Maine Med's departure from Anthem network would disrupt Maine's insurance market experts say
4/6/2022 Maine Public Maine Medical Center will drop Anthem as an in-network insurer
3/23/2022 Maine Beacon Mainers spotlight the impact of the ACA signed 12 years ago today
3/23/2022 Public News Service Mainers spotlight the impact of the ACA signed 12 years ago today
3/14/2022 Maine Beacon Opinion: Closing the coverage gap for adult immigrants is the next chapter in health justice
2/15/2022 NewsCenter Maine Maine could lower cost of prescription drugs under new bill
2/14/2022 NewsCenter Maine Maine bills would lower drug prices, expand contraceptive coverage
2/14/2022 WMTW channel 8 Lawmakers want to lower drug costs through caps based on Canada
2/14/2022 Lewiston Sun Journal Bill aims to lower the cost of the most expensive prescription drugs for Mainers
2/14/2022 Spectrum News Maine Democrats announce new efforts to lower prices for prescription drugs and contraceptives
2/14/2022 Maine Public Maine Democratic lawmakers introduce pair of proposals to increase access to prescriptions
2/14/2022 troyjackson.org Press Release Jackson, Claxton unveil bills to lower prescription drug prices, improve coverage of prescription contraceptives
1/18/2022 Maine.gov Press Release Over 66,000 Maine People Chose Affordable Health Plans for 2022 on CoverME.gov
1/18/2022 EINNews.com Over 66,000 Maine People Chose Affordable Health Plans for 2022 on CoverME.gov
1/18/2022 Bangor Daily News Maine vows to fix hiccups found in 1st year of health care marketplace rollout
1/11/2022 Piscataquis Observer Evans introduces bill to advance health care coverage
1/10/2022 Public News Service Poll: Mainers Face Health-Care Affordability Burdens
1/10/2022 Maine Beacon Poll: Four in five Mainers are worried about affording health care
1/10/2022 Maine Public Poll: The majority of Mainers struggled to afford health care in 2021
1/10/2022 Media Release Media Release: Three in five Mainers experienced health care affordability burdens last year and even more Mainers worry about affording future care
1/10/2022 Maine Biz Survey: Mainers fret about health care costs
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