Leading the Way? Maine’s Initial Experience in Expanding Coverage Through Dirigo Health Reforms

Source: Debra J. Lipson, James M. Verdier, and Lynn Quincy, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., December 2007

In this evaluation of Maine’s health reform plan, researchers examine interim indicators of progress after two years of program implementation. Since enacting comprehensive health care reform in 2003, the effort has helped expand coverage for low- and moderate-income individuals. Yet by late 2006, the initiatives had enrolled less than 10 percent of previously uninsured residents.

Researchers identify both the successes and challenges of the program. They also consider how Maine’s experiences could serve as a lesson for other states which are exploring initiatives to expand access and provide affordable insurance.

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