AUGUSTA – Lawmakers are looking at a bill that would create a state-based marketplace for health insurance they hope will expand access.
On Wednesday, House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, introduced the bill on behalf of Gov. Janet Mills.
She said it would create “clear choice” plans, unlike now where co-pays and coverage can vary greatly from plan to plan.
It would also require coverage of the first primary care visit to try and encourage people to establish a relationship with a physician.
Gideon said the advantage of this is to get people into a doctor’s office “before they have a problem or a medical issue that is so far along that it is going to be more challenging for them and their family and more expensive.”
Gideon said this would not cost the state any additional money.
Those who testified against the bill, including the Maine Heritage Policy Center, said other states that have made the switch from a federal exchange to a state-based one have, in fact, experienced higher costs for the state.