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NV conservation group supports FERC's transmission planning rule; Memorial Day weekend includes Tornadoes and record-high temperatures; A focus on the Farm Bill for Latino Advocacy Week in D.C; and Southeast Alaska is heating homes with its rainfall.

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U.S. Supreme Court allows South Carolina gerrymander that dilutes Black voters, Sen. Ted Cruz refuses to say if he'll accept 2024 election results, and Trump calls Mar-a-Lago search an attempt to have him assassinated.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

MaineCare Recipients Urged to Update Forms to Ensure Coverage

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Friday, August 25, 2023   

Public health advocates are working to ensure Medicaid recipients in Maine continue to have health care coverage as pandemic-era policies have ended.

Extended coverage for children and families began to "unwind" in Spring, requiring people with MaineCare to update their contact information with the state to ensure they retain coverage or move to a plan through the federal marketplace.

Ann Woloson, executive director of Consumers for Affordable Healthcare, advised people to be on the lookout for blue envelopes in the mail.

"Hopefully that will stand out to them," Woloson explained. "They can look it over, update any information that might be missing or has changed and send it back to the department right away."

Woloson noted the state's My Maine Connection website is another way to update account information and determine MaineCare eligibility.

It's estimated nearly 17 million nationwide could lose their Medicaid coverage, many for simple paperwork errors. Others will find coverage elsewhere, through an employer or spouse.

Woloson pointed out there are also affordable plans available through the Affordable Care Act, and no matter how they find health care coverage, help is available.

"Many of the people that we talk with and help apply for coverage are eligible for monthly subsidies to help them pay for their monthly premiums," Woloson observed. "We can help people sort through that as well."

Woloson added Consumers for Affordable Healthcare offers a special hotline with certified application counselors who can help guide people through the process. People can also request an in-person appointment in the Augusta area.

Disclosure: Consumers for Affordable Healthcare contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy and Priorities, and Health Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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