Under the administration of Gov. Paul LePage, tax breaks were given to the wealthiest Mainers, while cuts to programs like the Low-Cost Drugs for the Elderly or Disabled were proposed.

Legislators Peggy Rotundo and Margaret Craven helped salvage that program at the time.

Under the Affordable Care Act, there was a proposed Medicaid expansion that was repeatedly blocked by the LePage administration. Even after a petition effort and vote favoring helping people who needed health care, the LePage administration refused coverage.

Hospitals, especially rural hospitals, suffered from having more patients needing care without coverage. This put hospitals at risk of needing to close or cut costs in other ways, jeopardizing care.

Gov. Janet Mills expanded MaineCare eligibility to cover people in this income gap on Day One. This has helped over 90,000 Mainers, saving lives.

After LePage dismantled Maine’s public health nursing service, Gov. Mills led Maine in our pandemic relief efforts.

John Myrand, Lewiston


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