New Maine law expected to make medical visits less expensive

March 19, 2020 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new law in Maine will make common medical visits more affordable, the state’s Democratic governor said Thursday.

The proposal, signed by Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday, is also designed to simplify shopping for a plan and make premiums more affordable for small businesses, the governor’s office said. The proposal was called the “Made for Maine Health Coverage Act” and it goes into effect later this year.

Mills said the spread of coronavirus reinforced that the state’s residents need access to affordable health care. The state exceeded 50 positive cases of the virus on Thursday.


One of the changes the new law will make involves requiring health plans to cover the first primary care visit and behavioral health visit every year for free, supporters of the change said. The second and third such visits could carry a co-pay, but deductibles would not apply.

The health care bill was one of many Mills signed on Thursday.