American Lung Association Calls on Governor-Elect Mills to suspend Waiver Implementation
(December 21, 2018) - AUGUSTA, Maine
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The American Lung Association issued the following statement on CMS’ approval of Maine’s Medicaid 1115 Waiver:
Lance Boucher, Senior Director, State Advocacy – Eastern Division for the American Lung Association said:
“The American Lung Association in Maine believes everyone should have access to quality and affordable healthcare coverage. Maine’s Section 1115 Work Requirement Waiver does not advance that goal. We are very disappointed to see it approved today by the CMS. Those who fail to navigate these new burdensome requirements could have serious – even life or death – consequences.
These policies do not further the goals of the Medicaid program or help low-income Mainers get health insurance. A similar policy in Arkansas has resulted in over 16,000 people losing coverage. The Lung Association in Maine urges Governor-elect Janet Mills to suspend the implementation of the waiver.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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