May 12, 2011

Final votes on Maine health care bill set for today

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Final votes in the Maine House and Senate are expected today on a health care overhaul bill.

The House is scheduled meet at 3 p.m. today, and the Senate is due to return at 7 p.m. this evening.

The Republican-backed bill is designed to promote competition among insurers and lower rates for consumers so more of Maine 130,000 uninsured can get coverage.

The Senate debated the bill for three hours Wednesday and amended it to address some of the concerns of Democrats, who are concerned about the impacts on rural and older Mainers.

Under the bill, no one could be denied health insurance or kicked off a plan because they get sick or have pre-existing conditions.

Mainers buying individual insurance would be able to purchase policies from companies based in some other states.

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