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Maine props up ‘two Americas’ with no Medicaid expansion

Christy Daggett, Maine Center for Economic Policy Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 19, 2014 The Affordable Care Act, as originally passed, holds tremendous promise to decrease health care costs and increase insurance coverage rates across rural states like Maine. But federal court opinions and repeated vetoes of Medicaid expansion are putting […]

Why some feel threatened by unaccompanied minors, despite the facts

Robert Glover, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 6, 2014 Maine recently returned to national prominence when satirist Stephen Colbert spoofed Gov. Paul LePage’s reaction to news that Maine received eight unaccompanied child migrants from the country’s southern border. Colbert’s report makes us chuckle by placing the governor’s sense of alarm […]

The VA was born from scandal: How its latest failure offers hope for reform

Colin Moore, University of Hawaii Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014 Scandal is nothing new to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. General Eric Shinseki’s resignation adds another chapter to the beleaguered agency’s long history of mismanagement. Although Maine’s 150,000 veterans were largely spared from the problems that plagued other […]

Debate over General Assistance eligibility politically motivated and counterproductive

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine  On Monday, Governor Paul LePage sent a memo to every Maine municipality announcing that if they were to provide General Assistance funds without checking immigration status, they would cease to receive Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funding for any General Assistance funds. If LePage follows through […]