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Pingree Applauds Federal Approval of Maine’s Medicaid Expansion Plan

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement applauding the federal government’s approval of Maine’s Medicaid Expansion plan: “Today’s approval of Medicaid Expansion by the federal government marks the final hurdle in the long fight for health care access for 70,000 low-income Mainers. The benefits to our state’s health and economy have always been appare... Read more »

Condemning Title X Gag Rule

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“The Trump administration has shown it will stop at nothing to undermine the health care of low-income Americans and unravel the reproductive rights of women." Read more »

Pingree Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill Allowing Consumers to Import Less Expensive Prescriptions from Canada

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today reintroduced HR 478, the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act, to the U.S. House, her legislation to allow consumers to import medications from Canada, where they are less expensive. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) joined as the lead Republican. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has introduced Senate companion legislation with Senator Amy Klo... Read more »

Statement on Judge’s Ruling in GOP Lawsuit Against Affordable Care Act

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement regarding a U.S. district judge’s ruling in Texas v. US, a Republican lawsuit seeking to strike down key provisions of the Affordable Care Act: "In one fell swoop, days before Christmas, a single partisan judge’s decision could strip health care access from millions of Americans. If Texas v. US is allowed to stand, it would ... Read more »

Pingree Pushes Federal Government to Approve Maine Medicaid Expansion Plan

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) sent a letter today to the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency to approve the Medicaid expansion application recently submitted by the State of Maine. “In accordance with applicable law and precedent, I urge you to move expeditiously to complete the federal approval of Maine’s SPA, thus ensuring that an estimated 70,00... Read more »

Pingree Statement on 2019 Health Insurance Premium Increases

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Responding to reports of health insurance premium increases in the individual market in Maine and across the country, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement: “The plain truth is that President Trump and Republicans in Congress have made it their mission to destabilize the Affordable Care Act at the expense of Mainers who rely on its protections. These prelim... Read more »

Pingree Applauds Maine Court’s Medicaid Expansion Decision

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement in response to the Maine Superior Court’s decision ordering the LePage Administration to implement Medicaid Expansion: “I applaud the Maine Superior Court’s decision stating that more than 70,000 low-income Mainers should be able to sign up for health care next month. The order is clear: the LePage Administration cannot veto ... Read more »

Pingree Cosponsors Legislation to Reauthorize Critical Health Care Programs that Serve Thousands of Maine Families

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As partisan politics have needlessly held up the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Community Health Centers and other important public health programs, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is co-sponsoring a bill (H.R. 4541) that reauthorizes all of these programs and pays for it in a commonsense way that does not strip funds from other health care programs. Fundin... Read more »

Briefing Highlights Success of Produce Prescriptions, Which Pingree Bill Would Expand

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At the Capitol today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) hosted a briefing on produce prescription programs, an element of the food is medicine movement that is proving effective at improving people’s diets and health outcomes by increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Launching a national produce prescription pilot program called Harvesting Health is one provision of HR 3491, the Loca... Read more »

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