Congress must expand the advances in health insurance that are vital to Mainers and millions of Americans

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Ann Woloson is Executive Director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care. Julia Underwood is Associate Director of the group that serves as the Maine health insurance consumer assistance program.

Great news! The US Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that the number of uninsured adults ages 19 to 64 hit an all-time low. Congress must act soon, however, or 13 million Americans’ monthly health insurance premiums will increase over the next year, slightly reversing that trend.

Phillip, who lives in Penobscot County, is one of the people who received coverage. He works for a small car company and is in excellent health. However, in order to stay healthy and able to work, he must take an expensive prescription drug and see his doctor regularly. His health insurance makes it possible.

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