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Policy Experts To Examine Mainecare Coverage Options Under The Affordable Care Act At Muskie School Colloquium

PORTLAND— Under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, states may seek federal funds to provide increased coverage for adults. States have been divided in their response. On Monday, April 8, at 9 a.m., the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service will host the colloquium Examining MaineCare’s Coverage Options Under the Affordable Care Act to discuss options and challenges confronting Maine as it prepares to decide whether to participate in the expansion of Maine’s Medicaid program.

The event includes viewpoints from both a national and state perspective, with featured speakers Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C., and Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Speakers will join a panel of Maine leaders who will respond to speaker presentations, engage in a facilitated discussion, and respond to audience questions. Panelists include Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew; Dr. David Howes, president of Martins Point Health Care; and Sara Gagne-Holmes, executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners. Trish Riley, adjunct professor of health policy at the Muskie School and lecturer in state health policy at George Washington University, will facilitate.

This is the first in an ongoing colloquia series sponsored by the Muskie School of Public Service Board of Visitors to offer community conversations in which experts from various disciplines and perspectives inform and engage the broader community to explore and debate critical policy issues. The colloquium is free and open to the public and will be held in the Shepard Lee Community Hall, Wishcamper Center, on the USM Portland Campus, with remote viewing available on the University of Maine Orono campus, the University of Maine at Augusta campus, and in the Burton Cross Building in Augusta.  Registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, see:

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