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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Maine Hospital Association opposes Cassidy-Graham bill to replace Affordable Care Act

Released on 09/19/2017

The Maine Hospital Association today announced its opposition to the Cassidy-Graham bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Association, which represents all of Maine’s 36 community-governed hospitals, issued the following statement:

MHA opposes the enactment of the Cassidy-Graham healthcare proposal.

The action is moving too quickly for us to have a fresh Congressional Budget Office (CBO) assessment of its impact.  However, Cassidy-Graham is not substantially different from the previous ACA repeal bill (the AHCA) rejected earlier this year.  The CBO assessment of that proposed ACA replacement legislation demonstrated that it would have reduced the level of insurance coverage (14 million fewer in 2018 and 24 million fewer by 2026), would reduce federal support for Medicaid long term ($880 billion less federal spending over the next 10 years) and didn’t reduce the hospital cuts imposed by the ACA.  

Preliminary analyses of Cassidy-Graham by third-parties show similar types of negative impacts.  For Maine, that impact is approximately $1 billion less federal support by 2027.
Cassidy-Graham replacement legislation does not help Maine and should either be amended or rejected.
  1. Hospital Cuts Must be Addressed in Cassidy-Graham:  There were four sources of federal revenue that were used to finance the ACA benefits.  Those sources include Medicare cuts to hospitals.  Cassidy-Graham keeps those hospital cuts in place despite reductions in ACA benefits.  Eliminating benefits while keeping cuts is patently unfair. 
  2. Medicaid Cuts Must be Removed from ACA:   Cassidy-Graham would completely rework the Medicaid program, not just Medicaid expansion.  It converts the Medicaid program to a block grant similar to the AHCA and substantially reduces federal support for the program.  There is no reason to include reform to the broader Medicaid program in this bill.  There simply hasn’t been time, hearings or debate devoted to this initiative.  Medicaid wasn’t dramatically reworked by the ACA.  The “per capita cap” proposal should be saved for another piece of legislation that goes through the regular legislative process.  Furthermore, rural Maine people and the hospitals that provide them care are disproportionately reliant on Medicaid.  Rural hospitals had an aggregate operating margin of -1.1% last year and reduced federal support for Medicaid will make this difficult situation much worse for rural Maine.
  3. Cassidy-Graham Eliminates Subsidies for the Individual Market Entirely:  The proposal would convert the subsidies currently used by approximately 75,000 Mainers to a block grant to the states, but only in the short-term.  In 2027, the block grant funding is entirely eliminated.  Similarly, the Medicaid expansion funding is also eliminated in 2027.  These are the two benefit pillars of the ACA.  Yet, as mentioned above, the cuts to hospitals are preserved.
MHA and our member hospitals urge Senator Collins and King to oppose Cassidy-Graham.