Broken Promises: How Maine's Rate Hike Law Is Hurting Small Businesses and Older and Rural Mainers (and Benefitting Insurance Companies)
As you may know, CAHC released a report last week analyzing the harmful effects of Maine law Chapter 90 on the majority (54%) of individuals and 90% of the small businesses with private health insurance in Maine. While the evidence was
very obvious in proving that the law has not delivered what its proponents and supporters promised, some of the proponents of Chapter 90 have resorted to name calling and smear campaigns against people who they disagree with, as opposed to offering data to support their claims.
Insurance company filings show that the new law has been very costly for Mainers who buy individual coverage, especially people over fifty-five years of age and living in rural areas, and for the overwhelming majority (90%) of small businesses statewide.
Please click here to read the new blog written by CAHC's Joe Ditré.
Joe also appeared recently on the State of the State talk show hosted by our friends at Maine Center for Economic Policy to discuss the report and the effects of Chapter 90 on individuals and small businesses. Click here to hear the podcast of that show.
You can also catch re-runs of this taping until September 23 by tuning in statewide to Time Warner Cable's channel 9. Here are the other air times:
Fridays (10am), Saturdays (11am), and Sundays (1:30pm)
Other community television stations also run the program, but on a different schedule of dates and times. Check with the local stations for their listings. These are: WOGT, Ogunquit; WVACTV Channel 2, Bethel; CATTV, Baileyville; Harpswell; Freeport; Bath Community Television Channel 14; Mt. Blue Community TV; and Brunswick TV.
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