Putting “Number Six” First

For those not familiar with the day-to-day demands of direct care jobs, I recommend a recent article in Vox.  The piece provides a first-person perspective on the realities of the profession.  The work is physically and emotionally difficult, does not provide a living wage, typically comes with no benefits, offers few opportunities for advancement and…

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New Data Brief Explores Expansion Population

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) today released a new data brief developed with the University of Southern Maine that presents a statistical analysis of uninsured non-elderly adults age 18 – 64 with no children and lower incomes, the population newly eligible for MaineCare through expansion. Drawing from five years of data from Maine’s Behavioral…

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The Danger of Declaring Victory Too Soon

The packed main floor of the Augusta Civic Center was filled with hopes, applause, and tears on July 15.  Obviously, this was the wrong time of year for the state basketball finals, but the same degree of statewide interest and energy was evident among the 1,100 people who attended last month’s Opioid Summit. The energy…

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