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ANA-Maine statement on proposed MaineCare cuts January 2012, re-posted

reprinting this here as a public service.

will chime in with my own two cents, in a separate entry.


American Nurses Association – Maine Position on Proposed Maine Care Cuts to Beneficiaries
January 3, 2012
For Immediate Release: Contact Irene Eaton-Bancroft and Juliana L’Heureux
American Nurses Association of Maine
Cuts to eligibility for 65,000 Maine Care Beneficiaries

Position Statement on Governor Paul LePage’s Proposed Supplemental Budget
As presented to the Second Regular Session of the 125th Maine Legislature
The American Nurses Association- Maine is a constituent of the American Nurses Association (ANA).
ANA-Maine supports the right of every person to have access to quality and affordable health care throughout their life span, regardless of their socio-economic status. Access to health care is a basic human right of all people (ANA-Issues Brief: 2010)
The mission of the American Nurses Association is to advance the practice of nursing by improving the access to quality health care for all people.
For these reasons, the ANA-Maine supports access to health care for the proposed 65,000 people currently targeted for removal from the Maine Care benefit, as per the Supplemental Budget proposed by Governor Paul LePage, to the Second Regular Session of the 125th Maine Legislature.
Maine Care is an essential safety net for low income eligible people who include
(a) frail elderly living alone or in assisted living
(b)serious and persistently mentally ill
(3) people living with disabilities, and
(4) children.
Even without Maine Care coverage provided for eligible beneficiaries, an estimated 10 percent of Maine people still have no health insurance whatsoever. (Morning Sentinel- Kennebec Journal: Alice Knapp; January 2, 2012)
Removing another 65,000 people from the Maine Care benefit, without providing for their health care coverage, will unjustly cause further strain on Maine’s health care providers, many of them already facing deficits due to low reimbursement from insurers. .
American Nurses Association – Maine Position on Proposed Maine Care Cuts to Beneficiaries
Additionally, the ANA-Maine is concerned about how the proposed Maine Care cuts are being considered and evaluated given the following impact information:
1. Cutting 65,000 people from the Maine Care benefit will impact on every community in Maine by putting at risk the public health and safety of people who will be without access to health care.
2. Providing health care to uncovered individuals will immediately lead to a rise in health care costs for charitable institutions, where the indigent will seek urgent help; as well as to hospitals, that will be forced to pass the cost of increasing amounts of free care to their private insurers and private paying clients.
3. Although cutting 65,000 beneficiaries out of the Maine Care benefit is a short term solution to growth in the program, in the long term, these proposed cuts will end up increasing the utilization of more expensive, and less supportive, or proactive services, like prevention and wellness initiatives.
4. Maine citizens who are currently employed in community health organizations where Maine Care beneficiaries are receiving primary care and social services, will loose their jobs. The quality and the integrity of many excellent community health programs and mental health facilities will be at risk as a result of high staff turnover.

Please contact the American Nurses Association of Maine for more information regarding our position on the Maine Care benefits cuts to 65,000 people as proposed in the Governor’s Supplemental Budget to the Second Regular Session of the 125th Maine Legislature.

Contact Information:
Irene Eaton-Bancroft, President ANA-Maine
Juliana L’Heureux
Chair, Legislative Committee



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the quick trip to Maine November 2011

Book Event

My event at UMA was really fun for me, it’s not often that I have an audience of people who have read my book about Nepal – they asked great questions and we had dialogue. I love to sign copies of the book. Appreciation for Dr Lynn King, who organized this using grant money to promote cultural awareness in this homogenous state. Seeing some old friends from ANA-Maine and RFGH who came for the talk. People I have known for twenty or thirty years.


A few impressions of the Pine Tree State: fried clams (with bellies!);Boston Baked Beans ( the candy, not the beans themselves); the smell of dead leaves; seeing the Penobscot Narrows bridge; listening to the Maine accents and seeing people of Irish descent all over the place. WERU-FM folk music programming.  Hardly any Asians! running into parents of my kids’ high school friends. Looking up at the night sky, clear enough to see not only the Pleiades but the Milky Way. Seeing the rows of my old books proudly displayed on my daughter’s shelves in her new place, including one of my old Boy Scout Manuals, and lots of books on natural history and gardening – Crockett’s Victory Garden.  looking through old photo albums of my kids idyllic Maine childhood – happy feelings that we could provide that for them. Cooking with my daughters. The Trenton Grange. Proud of the adults my kids became.  Worried sometimes when I see that they can be quirky like me, but that is the mystery of life isn’t it?

William Tell?

Last year I gave a bow and arrow set to my son-in-law since he is studying an Amazonian tribe for his PhD in anthopology. Never skimp on the arrows, I included two dozen, otherwise you lose your concetration because you have to stop and retrieve the arrows all the time and can’t concentrate on the zen of being one with the bow and mindfully shooting the thing. Last years gift was a child’s archery set but lots of fun. Thwack! He took it to Guyana and went hunting with the boys but never hit anything.  This year it was time to put away childish things so he has graduated to a long bow – very manly!-  and has joined the Archery Club at UVa. Maybe someday he will actually bring some venison over the theshold. It’s a respectable bow, fifty-pound pull. He needs lots of arrows for the new bow. the trick is to get two haybale targets, which also minimizes the walking between volleys.

“I will be checking FaceBook and if I ever see a photo of may daughter with an apple on her head, be advised I will not be amused…” – weapons come with responsibility. The long bow is six feet tall, not a recurve on it, in Amazonia they fletch their own arrows.


Wearing my Nepali man’s shawl as I type this at my daughter’s kitchen table. It is snowing today – another memory of New England,  a white blanket covers the ground outside.  Underneath the ground has not frozen so the owner of this place advised us to move the cars close to the road. We are a hundred yards from Some Sound, the glacial fjord of these parts, usually a moderating influence on the weather. Wet snow, coming straight down like rain, wonder how long it will last? Coastal Maine is often warmer in the winter than say, five miles inland, a noticeable difference. Five in the morning is my daughter’s favorite time to write, as is mine.  She can look out on Sargent Brook which runs behind the cottage.  I get on the road to Boston tomorrow, Thanskgiving Day, at 0300 to make my ten o’clock flight. I slept under a pile of heavy blankets, first time in awhile. It was a fine sleep.


Yesterday we did some of the things dads do with their adult daughters. Going over how you set up a budget, over morning coffee. I think my literary daughter is blogging on that same topic even as we speak. Julie and Lucas joined us for dinner and we shared “Lazy Pierogi” according to the Jamrog recipe. kielbasa, egg noodles, sauerkraut, boiled eggs, yogurt, cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms, horseradish. I gave my daughters their present

Plenty of time for more mundane pursuits over the course of a New England winter.

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