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As reported by Andy O'Brien for The Free Press--Midcoast Maine, (new DHHS numbers) we are 90% of the way to our total projected participation in the ACA before Mar. 31. "We have surpassed enrollment targets by a greater percentage than any of the other 35 states on the exchange." Some significant breakouts: 80% of the new ACA registrants (20,511) went with the new state health cooperative--Maine Community Health Options--which offers real price competition to BCBS. They are killin' it (Their est. made possible with ACA loans of $62 million).  While the numbers point to smaller percentages of younger applicants than most states, Maine demographically skews older, and the youth percentages are trending higher as the enrollment period proceeds.

   After reading this article I went outside to putter in the yard. A neighbor pulled up as I was digging out my woodpile to talk about our brief respite in a stormy winter.  As he wound up his news, he said,"Oh, there is something I just did that I'm tickled about--I just paid my first premium for ACA coverage to Maine Community Health.  Get this: I'm paying $2.00 a month as a premium."  I took off my glove to shake his hand. "That's really great, I said. I just paid my first premium for the same outfit."  He went with a silver plan. I told him I picked the gold plan, because the deductible was $600.00 per year with $1500.00 OOP. The $285.00 monthly premium I feel gives me the best bang for the buck.  
     My friend said, "Now I'm thinking of getting dental coverage--that's my big issue, really."  I said that he should get back on healthcare.gov and click on dental.  He should find an inexpensive plan easily--I saw lots of good plans when I looked.  I said, "you're paying $2.00 a month for healthcare--I think the dental premium is going to end up low as well.  My friend said that this health plan will get him safely to Medicare in 4 years. This guy is a hard working self-employed 61 yr. old--who does not make a lot of money when the dust clears.  He just lost his life partner to lung cancer, and was really worried about financial matters. He is what the ACA is all about.  This is a guy who had really good insurance when he worked in NYC some years ago. He moved to Maine and changed his life--but the lack of affordable insurance always haunted him. Now, he really has a huge burden lifted off of him.  The ACA is really working here in Maine. As an aside, I tried to call this Health Coop back to fix a detail in the policy, and the hold times were much longer than before. I think the numbers going forward are going to be great--when I got through to a caller, they said they were quite busy.  Well, there was another great ACA story in the same Free Press article about a guy the same age as my friend.  He will now pay 67.00 a month in premiums, and is another deeply relieved hard working Mainer.  

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  •  Great News In Maine (7+ / 0-)

    The ACA is working exactly the way it was designed to work.  Thanks for sharing this story - it's really important to for the success of the plan that people understand the impact it is having.  

    "The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn't say 'give me your english-speaking only, Christian-believing, heterosexual masses'

    by unapologeticliberal777 on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 05:53:34 AM PST

    •  I got push polled the other night (2+ / 0-)

      With a slew of lies about the ACA; that it would cost jobs, that the office of management and budget has claimed it may raise costs in the short term because more people will be covered, that people who have insurance will lose it because it doesn't meet ACA standards, that it will raise taxes and so forth all of which ordinary voters might find confusing.

      In addition to that when I took my wife to get her 5FU infusion one of the nurses told me that some people over 90 are being told they aren't eligible for treatment because the drug is too expensive. I know the drug is expensive and that our Republican Governor is cutting everything in sight that looks like it might help people from  Maine Care and unemployment to school lunches and paying the bills already incurred.

      I researched this on line and could find nothing so I'm hoping there is somebody who can give me an answer before the next time I run into her.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 06:44:23 AM PST

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  •  Links to that article (1+ / 0-)
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    Here is a link to the great article you cited:

    "Enrollment in ACA Health Care Marketplace Surging" by Andy O’Brien, The Free Press, February 20, 2014.

    Last week data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed that Maine had exceeded its January enrollment goal for health insurance offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace (aka: "exchanges"), surpassing enrollment targets by a greater percentage than any of the other 35 states using the federal health insurance marketplace. By the end of January, 20,511 Mainers had signed up, which is 44 percent over the department's initial 14,260 projection. The numbers also show that Maine is already nearly 90 percent of the way toward achieving its six-month enrollment target by the March 31 deadline.
    And the link to your cooperative health service: Maine Community Health Options
    Approximately 80 percent of the 20,500 enrollees in Maine have picked coverage through MCHO. In 2011, MCHO was founded as a member-governed, non-profit with the help of $62 million in federal loans made available through the ACA. MCHO initially set a goal of 15,000 enrollment for this year, which CEO Kevin Lewis says the organization has easily surpassed this year.
    •  Kmaine reply (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks a lot for putting up the links for that Free Press article.  I really did just walk outside after reading the article and see my friend driving down the road rejoicing in the Feb. "thaw."

  •  Links to that article (0+ / 0-)

    Here is a link to the great article you cited:

    "Enrollment in ACA Health Care Marketplace Surging" by Andy O’Brien, The Free Press, February 20, 2014.

    Last week data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed that Maine had exceeded its January enrollment goal for health insurance offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace (aka: "exchanges"), surpassing enrollment targets by a greater percentage than any of the other 35 states using the federal health insurance marketplace. By the end of January, 20,511 Mainers had signed up, which is 44 percent over the department's initial 14,260 projection. The numbers also show that Maine is already nearly 90 percent of the way toward achieving its six-month enrollment target by the March 31 deadline.
    And the link to your cooperative health service: Maine Community Health Options
    Approximately 80 percent of the 20,500 enrollees in Maine have picked coverage through MCHO. In 2011, MCHO was founded as a member-governed, non-profit with the help of $62 million in federal loans made available through the ACA. MCHO initially set a goal of 15,000 enrollment for this year, which CEO Kevin Lewis says the organization has easily surpassed this year.
  •  This is what is scaring Republicans. (0+ / 0-)

    They went full out obstruction, either just because that's the way they roll these days, or because their millionaire backers were afraid of losing their obscene level of profit.

     Or both.  

    The depraved indifference of some of our political elite is mind boggling. They will have a lot to answer for if there is  ever real justice in the universe.

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