Congress must extend gains in health coverage that are vital to Mainers and millions of Americans

Congress must extend gains in health coverage that are vital to Mainers and millions of Americans
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Ann Woloson is the executive director for Consumers for Affordable Health Care. Julia Underwood is the associate director of the group, which serves as Maine’s Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program.

Great news! The US Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that the nation’s uninsured rate among adults, age 19-64, has reached an all-time low. However, Congress must act soon or 13 million Americans will see their monthly health insurance premiums rise next year, easily reversing that trend.

Phillip, who lives in Penobscot County, is one of the people who gained coverage. He works for a small automotive business and is in good health. However, to stay healthy and work he needs to take an expensive prescription drug and see his doctor regularly. His health insurance makes that possible.

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