Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed into law a plan to save the state's troubled 5-year-old program for the uninsured, DirigoChoice. The measure provides rate relief to about 40,000 people who don't have employer-based coverage and who buy individual health policies in the private market. It also replaces the program's funding source, which was a "savings offset" tax on insurers, with a tobacco tax and a 1.8% percent tax on all medical claims paid by private insurers.
DirigoChoice reform (April 16)
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