Although Governor Paul LePage vetoed Medicaid expansion in Maine, legislators, medical professionals, social workers and advocates will make another attempt to provide health insurance to more uninsured adults beginning in January 2014. The National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education and the Society for Social Work Leadership have drafted a sample message that social work students, faculty and alumni can send to their state legislators and Gov. LePage. You can also reference this chart illustrating the number of uninsured adults ages 18-64 in non-expansion states (24,390 in Maine). This letter written to CSWE program chairs also provides more details that you can include in your letters.
A note from Susan Dore Lamb, the Executive Director of the NASW Maine Chapter: "The issue of access to health care is so vital to the people who dwell at the very edge of the social safety net...We need to mobilize support for this issue now in order to be the effective advocates that all social workers are called upon to be."
Please contact USM's School of Social Work Director Susan Fineran with any questions: 228-8533, firstname.lastname@example.org.