Maine ACA enrollment could drop with Medicaid expansion
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Several thousand Mainers who have Affordable Care Act insurance but qualify for Medicaid will be switched over during the Nov. 1-Dec. 15 enrollment.
Federal data indicates that 74% of Maine residents earn less than 400% of the federal poverty level, $83,120, and are eligible for subsidized ACA insurance.
The executive director of Maine-based Consumers for Affordable Health Care, Ann Woloson, says national ACA enrollment has been down since President Donald Trump took office, declining from 12.7 million to 11.4 million.
A Maine-based independent health policy analyst, Mitchell Stein, says Maine’s Medicaid expansion will lead to fewer Mainers being uninsured.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Maine is proposing to switch from a federally run marketplace to a state-run ACA marketplace, which could provide additional federal funding for outreach efforts.
This story has been corrected to show that Mitchell Stein said Maine’s Medicaid expansion will lead to fewer Mainers being uninsured, not Medicare expansion.