Maine Providers Standing up for Health Care is a group of hundreds of Maine healthcare providers including doctors, nurses, behavioral health specialists, advanced practice professionals, dentists, physical therapists, midwives, and concerned citizens advocating for improved health care for the people of Maine. We are proud to collaborate with others who share our vision and values.

 

Our mission is to inform and influence healthcare policy based on our vast experience caring for the people of Maine.

 

We are actively supporting bill LD820, An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine. Please read on for our group’s statement.

Maine Providers Standing up for Health Care (standupme.org) is a group of hundreds of frontline Maine healthcare providers--doctors, nurses, advanced practice professionals, behavioral health specialists, midwives, and others--advocating for improved health care and access for the people of Maine. We are standing up in support of LD 820, An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine. This bill would end the economically discriminatory practice of insurance companies and MaineCare denying coverage for abortion.

Maine statute says that the state shall “not restrict a woman’s exercise of her private decision to terminate a pregnancy before viability…” (Maine State Statute 1598). As healthcare providers, we support access to legal, safe abortion, including access for low-income women and other vulnerable populations. We believe Maine should unlink poverty and pregnancy, both of which affect women more than men. We also believe women and their families are best suited to make the deeply personal and private decisions regarding their pregnancies, in consultation with their healthcare providers. Whether they choose abortion or prenatal care should not be influenced by financial factors.

We therefore support LD 820, which would remove financial restrictions to safe, legal abortion for all women.

 

Dr. Sam Zager speaking at Central Maine Medical Center  Photo credits: Patty Wight, Maine Public

Dr. Sam Zager speaking at Central Maine Medical Center

Photo credits: Patty Wight, Maine Public

Dr. Elizabeth Rothe addressing the importance of the Affordable Care Act

Dr. Elizabeth Rothe addressing the importance of the Affordable Care Act

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