On Election Day, voters can vote “Yes” on Question 2 to expand access to health care for 70,000 Mainers.
Today, the Maine Secretary of State assigned numbers for citizens’ initiatives that will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.
“An Act To Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care” will be Question 2.
“A ‘Yes’ vote on Question 2 will ensure 70,000 Mainers – including mothers and hardworking families struggling to put food on the table on just $16,000 a year – will have access to health coverage and lifesaving care if they need it,” said Jennie Pirkl, campaign manager for Mainers for Health Care, which collected more than 61,000 signatures from all 16 counties to place the question on the ballot this year. “Question 2 will help families to be more secure and create a fairer health care system.”
Question 2 would increase access to health care coverage by expanding Medicaid in the state to hardworking families who currently can’t afford coverage. The legislation is available from the Maine Secretary of State here.
The final wording for Question 2 is pending. The secretary of state is accepting public comments on draft question language until Sept. 1.
Draft Question 2:
“Do you want Maine to provide health insurance through Medicaid for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty line (which is now about $16,000 for a single person and $22,000 for a family of two)?”
“Question 2 will help rural hospitals and community clinics, create thousands of new jobs and help to hold down insurance premiums for everyone,” Pirkl said. “A ‘Yes” vote on Question 2 is the right thing to do. It’s good for Maine people, and it’s good for Maine’s economy.”