Press Releases

Date: 09/21/2018

MHA has sent candidates for state office a copy of Hospital Issues for State Office Candidates, which describes the issues that are important to Maine's hospitals. 

Date: 06/25/2018

Jennifer Cavalari, DO, a hospitalist at Houlton Regional Hospital, has been selected to be the Maine Hospital Association’s Caregiver of the Year.

Date: 05/08/2018

As part of the American Hospital Association's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, MHA met with staff from Maine's Congressional Delegation to discuss hospitals' federal priorities

Date: 03/28/2018

The Maine Hospital Association has released a new report that describes the economic contributions of hospitals in each Maine county.
View the report here.

Date: 09/29/2017

The Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors has voted to support Medicaid Expansion referendum.

Date: 09/19/2017

The Maine Hospital Association today announced its opposition to the Cassidy-Graham bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Date: 06/21/2017

Lois Latour, LCSW, EMMC’s critical care social worker, has spent countless hours in her career helping patients and families navigate the challenges during one of the most difficult times of their lives.

Date: 03/22/2017

The Maine Hospital Association (MHA) today urged Maine’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA), saying the legislation is bad for Maine hospitals and their patients. 

Date: 10/17/2016

The Maine Hospital Association is working with the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association on a national initiative to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network contracts are part of a broader effort to transform our healthcare system into one that works better for the American people and for the Medicare program.

Date: 06/22/2016

Chuck Hays, chief executive officer of MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, was installed as chair of the Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors at the Association’s annual Summer Forum, on Wednesday, June 22, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

Date: 06/22/2016

Kelly Hughes Wheeler has been selected the 2016 Maine Hospital Association (MHA) Caregiver of the Year. 

Date: 03/06/2015

Maine hospitals employ more than 35,000 people and help create nearly $9 billion in economic activity for the state.

Date: 06/25/2014

The Maine Hospital Association (MHA) is partnering with Let’s Go!, an award-winning obesity prevention program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, to help increase healthy eating and active living wherever kids live, learn, work and play.

Opinion Editorials

Date: 04/10/2012

Cost-shifting is real in Maine but Maine lawmakers have the power to keep it from becoming worse. 

Date: 04/12/2012

Maine offers higher quality hospital care than any other state in the country, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare Web site (

Date: 12/02/2011

One of our physician colleagues tells it like this: "Imagine being run over by a
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MHA Board votes to support Medicaid Expansion Referendum

Released on 09/29/2017

Medicaid Expansion Referendum

The Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors voted to support Medicaid Expansion referendum.

On Tuesday, the Board of Directors of the Maine Hospital Association met to discuss the upcoming Medicaid expansion referendum question that will be on the ballot in November.

The Board continues to support Medicaid expansion, as it has done previously, as the best means to provide access to health insurance coverage for many of Maine’s neediest individuals.

The Board also expressed, as it has done previously, significant concerns with using the citizen initiative process to achieve policy goals.  Ultimately, there is no way to responsibly or fairly implement policy changes without going through the Legislature itself.  This fact can be highlighted by the coincidence that on the day the MHA Board met to discuss this referendum question, the Legislature was holding a public hearing on its significant re-write of the marijuana legalization referendum passed by the voters last November.  The issue of Medicaid expansion, if passed by the voters, will come before the Legislature next year and our members are ready to work with the Legislature to ensure that it is implemented in a manner that is best for Maine.

There are several reasons why the MHA continues to support expansion.

First, there is no other viable option for health insurance coverage for many of the individuals who will benefit from expansion.  For many, it is Medicaid or nothing.

Second, the pool of federal funding that is available to Maine to cover the vast majority of the costs of expansion resulted, in part, from Medicare cuts imposed on hospitals in the ACA.  Without expansion, hospitals in Maine continue to suffer the pain of those cuts without the corresponding gain from expansion.

Third, the Administration and Legislature in Maine have taken actions over the past four years that have contributed to reduced reimbursement to hospitals in the Medicaid program.  Those cuts have resulted in hospitals receiving $60 million per year less than they did just four years ago.  That is in nominal dollars; if adjusted for inflation, the loss would be even higher. 

Fourth, Maine hospitals had an aggregate operating margin of 0.3% in calendar year 2016.  Approximately 19 hospitals are in the red and many are being forced to make drastic cuts to programs their communities rely upon. Charity care costs for uninsured poor Mainers costs hospitals over $100 million per year.

Finally, hospitals are sensitive to the challenges of balancing a state budget.  Expansion does include a real cost to the state.  This year, the state increased school funding by over $100 million, added money to its rainy day fund and still has a budget surplus at the outset of SFY 2018.  Accordingly, we believe there are opportunities to responsibly finance the state’s share of expansion costs.