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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Maine's Failed Health Reforms

Greg Scandlen weighs in on the failure of Maine's Dirigo Care program:

1. After 20 months of operation only 11,000 were enrolled in DirigoChoice (out of a total uninsured population of 136,000), and over two-thirds of these were already covered. 2. Of the small companies eligible to participate, only 2.5% actually did. 3. The financing scheme (a “savings offset payment”) is impossible to measure or implement. 4. Almost as many people (3,600) had disenrolled from the program as were newly insured by it.
Note that Dirigo Care is very similar to RendellCare, or as it should be called, "Cover Very Few Pennsylvanians"

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