Healthcare Affordability Board Becomes Law
LD 120, An Act To Lower Health Care Costs through the Establishment of the Office of Affordable Health Care, is now law!
Introduced by Senate President Troy Jackson, the nonpartisan Office of Affordable Health Care will analyze Maine health data and make annual, evidence-based policy recommendations to the governor and lawmakers. These recommendations are meant to ensure that Mainers have access to quality health care at prices they can afford.
“With the Office of Affordable Health Care, Maine people will have someone spending every day looking at what’s driving health care costs in Maine and making recommendations for how can deliver meaningful relief,” Senator Jackson said.
“It is clear more needs to be done, sooner than later, to better understand cost drivers and address rapidly rising health care costs in Maine,” Consumers for Affordable Health Care Executive Director Ann Woloson testified at the law’s public hearing in April. “The independent Office of Affordable Health Care would be a valuable resource to this committee and the legislature as it continues to grapple with health care costs concerns.”
Mainers for Working Families applauds our lawmakers for taking steps to combat the rising costs of health care in Maine. Every Mainer deserves access to quality, affordable health care, and that starts with understanding the problem’s roots.