"When Mainers are saying that the worst part of illness or disease is having to deal with a complicated health care system, we know that we've got a problem. For too many Mainers the cost of care, insurance company bureaucracy and surprise fees stand in the way of their health and well-being," said
An amended version of
Nine other states, including
"When I heard about people rationing their insulin or delaying filling their prescriptions, I knew we needed to take immediate action to lower the cost of this life-saving medication. Putting together our Patients First health care package was about fixing some of the most common and troublesome health care problems facing Mainers today," said Speaker Gideon. "In the absence of continued inaction on the federal level, whether it is on addressing the cost of prescription drugs or outrageous surprise bills, we are addressing and fixing our broken health care system in every way we can here in
Two bills in the Patients First health care package are from Speaker Gideon. The first bill would cap the out-of-pocket cost of insulin at
The final bill from
"I believe patients deserve basic protections from abusive billing practices. My bill is about putting patients first; making sure they are treated fairly and can make informed health care decisions," said
All four bills will now go before the full Legislature for additional votes.