May 23, 2019

Falling through the gaps

Seems like every time I turn around, a politician is pledging to fight for health insurance for Maine’s children. What about those children who fall through the gaps? Who’s looking out for them?

There are children in Maine who can’t get MaineCare-Cubcare because one of their parents is a part-time state employee. The written regulations stipulate that children of state employees are not eligible for any kind of coverage because their parent or parents get state insurance.

Part-time Maine employees can purchase health insurance if they make enough to pay for it. In my case, I don’t earn enough to purchase it, but my son can’t qualify for Mainecare-Cubcare and I’m sure he’s not the only one, as there are a lot of part-time state employees.

Our income qualifies my husband and me for MaineCare, but not my son.

The only person to show an interest in my situation was Rep. Doug Thomas of Ripley. He actually went and asked questions, but got little to work with. The state says it’s a federal problem and the feds say it’s a state problem.

Gloria Bagley


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