The Board of Consumers for Affordable Health Care, a Maine nonprofit advocating for quality and affordable health care for all, supports Medicaid expansion. We urge your readers to vote “yes” on Question 2 on Nov. 7.

Seventy thousand Mainers under the age of 65 are without health insurance. Their incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford traditional health insurance. The result: a reliance on emergency rooms, lack of access to primary care and high rates of medical bankruptcy.

Maine is one of 19 states that has declined federal funding to accept Medicaid expansion. Uninsured Mainers, desperate for assistance, often turn to our HelpLine for help, but in our current system, sometimes there is nothing we can do. These are your adult children, your friends and neighbors who are drowning in our current system.

Please vote “yes” on Question 2.

Kolawole Bankole

Portland