Erika Ziller and Amanda Burgess partnered with Barbara Leonard of the Maine Health Access Foundation to produce a data brief profiling the health care access challenges faced by low-income, uninsured Mainers. The report, titled "Low-Income, Uninsured Mainers Face Substantial Challenges Getting Health Care" was released in late March. The authors found that compared with their insured counterparts, a higher percentage of uninsured, low-income Mainers went without or delayed care, were unable to purchase needed prescriptions, and lacked a usual source of care. Barbara Leonard noted the report's findings in an OpEd in the Bangor Daily News published on April 4th titled "For struggling Mainers, health insurance isn't a luxury." Barbara's OpEd noted that MaineCare expansion is "a path for some uninsured adults in Maine to get coverage to help them pay medical bills, get check-ups, and not delay care." "Health insurance is not a luxury," she wrote, "and we all pay the price when our family members and friends don’t have coverage."
Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
MeHAF Brief Examines Access to Care Among Low-income, Uninsured Mainers
Posted June 18, 2018