In this April 27, 2021, file photo, Maxine Horgan, left, and Barbara Nyden attend a Medicaid expansion rally at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.. A Missouri judge says Gov. Mike Parson can no longer deny Medicaid health care to thousands more newly eligible adults. Credit: Liv Paggiarino / AP

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I’m an advocate for LD 1608, “An Act to Expand the MaineCare Program to Cover All Citizens of the State.” I wanted to let people know a bit about this bill currently being discussed by the Maine Legislature.

This bill, if passed, would cover services including hospital stays, rehabilitation services, mental health services, dental services, etc., to all Maine people under a single-payer health care system. This single-payer system would remove current income guidelines and would be more inclusive to cover the population of Maine residents. This bill was introduced in the 130th legislative session and has been carried over.

Maine people have been asking for universal healthcare  for a long time, and this bill being passed could deliver that to Maine people. While there are several legislators currently supporting this bill, there may not be enough mutual support, and the fate of the bill is still unknown. I wanted to write to let people know about this issue and perhaps they can let others know about this bill and the potential impacts this could have for all Maine residents going forward.

Melissa Lockhart