Maine senator eyes Medicaid expansion

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, supports a system of Medicaid expansion in Maine similar to the one adopted by Indiana under then-Gov. Mike Pence, according to the New York Times.

 

The framework includes savings accounts paid into by citizens, who then apply those savings to medical bills, as well as managed-care plans. Sen. Collins' constituents have fared well under the ACA, which she says provides affordable plans for residents who work in more seasonal or part-time jobs than in many other parts of the country.

Under the AHCA, many of these part-time workers would lose their coverage due to seasonal income spikes that would push them over the plan's wage limits. Maine aslo has a high population of elderly residents whose premiums would rise drastically if the AHCA passed through the Senate.

Sen. Collins is not included on the working group created by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to design changes to the AHCA. Instead, she has convened a bipartisan group to help draft new legislation.

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