Fifteen years ago, President George W. Bush signed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act which, among other things, created Medicare Part D to cover outpatient prescription drugs. Today, more than 40 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.
For five years Michele from Montana, didn’t have access to affordable health care. She didn’t go to the doctor because she couldn’t afford it; this scared her. When health care laws began to change, Michele began to dream about what it would be like to have health coverage again, and how she would take better care of herself. But when many others gained access to affordable care last year, Michele did not. Instead, she was one of millions of hard-working Americans who fell into the new coverage gap.
A few days ago, the Maine legislature passed a bill - for the third time - that would expand affordable health coverage for nearly 70,000 residents who earn up to $15,000 a year. These hard-working Mainers - our friends, neighbors, even family - may have lost their jobs or are working in jobs that don't offer health coverage. Gov. Paul LePage has already vetoed two similar bills to expand Medicaid, which would not only help the thousands of Mainers who are struggling without health care, but would bring millions of federal dollars into the state - money that could create jobs and pump up the economy. AARP again urges Gov. LePage to put people before politics and sign the bill to expand affordable health coverage.
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