Medicaid expansion helped Maine see a big drop in uninsured people

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Maine had the largest drop in the percentage of people without health insurance in the country over the past two years. Having more people insured and able to access health care is good for their health and good for the state’s economy.

The drop in uninsured Mainers is due in part to the expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income Americans, which is called MaineCare here.

Voters overwhelmingly approved Medicaid expansion in 2017. That came after Gov. Paul LePage repeatedly vetoed legislation to expand Medicaid eligibility, which was passed by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Even after voters approved the referendum to extend the government insurance program to more Mainers, LePage still refused to implement it.

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