Why does the state of Maine have laws when Maine itself does not abide by them?
I have been told that MaineCare owes Central Maine Medical Center, Rumford and Bridgton hospitals $61 million, from as far back as 2005. What MaineCare owes each of these hospitals grows larger each day.
Last month, Gov. John Baldacci signed a financial order to release $45 million in state funds to cover that debt, to be paid in two installments. Maine hospitals have not received any money yet. Now the state Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to cut MaineCare payments in the upcoming years 2010-11 — another 25 percent cut in payments. That will affect the ones who need MaineCare assistance.
There has to be a better way for Maine to handle its debt.
I have lived in Maine many years. I am faithful at paying my taxes yearly and weekly. I give what I can to Maine by way of paying my taxes. Why is the state of Maine allowed to not pay its bills?
Alison Dehetre, R.N., Turner

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