Letter to the Editor: Collins showed courage

This post was written by MCA Executive Director, Claire Berkowitz and originally appeared as letter-to-the-editor in the Bangor Daily News. 

Access to quality, affordable and comprehensive health care coverage is essential for the health and well-being of our state. When Maine children and families have health insurance, they can see a doctor when they are sick or injured and get the care they need to truly thrive.

On behalf of the Maine Children’s Alliance, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King for their unwavering opposition to the many harmful health care bills over the past few months. Their commitment to the people of Maine is clear. They listened to our phone calls, read our emails and acted in the best interest of Mainers. And for that, we are grateful.

I also would like to recognize Collins for her tremendous display of courage throughout the health care debate. MaineCare, Maine’s Medicaid program, ensures that Maine’s children, families, seniors and individuals with disabilities can get the care they need to be the active contributors to our state. In fact, 42 percent of all Mainers who receive health care coverage through MaineCare are children. Any cuts to Medicaid would be detrimental to all of us.

In Maine, we still have more than 14,000 uninsured children and more than 50 percent are eligible for coverage through MaineCare. Now that the Senate has voted to leave Medicaid alone for the moment, it’s time to get eligible children covered and keep working to ensure all Maine children can get the health care they deserve.

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