Story Bank: Mainers Standing Together for Medicaid

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The Mainers Standing Together for Medicaid Story Bank is a collection of health care narratives from community members across Maine. Each story highlights the vital role of Medicaid, also known as MaineCare, in keeping Mainers healthy. 

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Lynnea, Lewiston

Lynnea is a mom and an active volunteer in the Lewiston community. For the past year, Lynnea has been stuck in the coverage gap, earning too little to afford private health insurance, but too much to qualify for MaineCare. Without health insurance, she has struggled to find the necessary medical treatment to care for her oral health.

"It should never be something you have to question. If you're sick, go to a doctor. If you're not feeling well or you hurt yourself, go to a doctor. It should never have to be, 'do I go to a doctor, or do I eat?' That is wrong on so many levels." --Lynnea

Read the transcript from Lynnea's story here.

Chris, Winslow

 Six years ago, Chris noticed a mole on his chest and thought little of it until one day, it burst. After visiting a walk-in clinic, Chris was diagnosed with cancer. He did not have health insurance and was worried about finding treatment, and how much it would cost him out-of-pocket. 

"I am sure if I let the melanoma go longer, it would've spread through my body and my chance would've been very different."--Chris

Read Chris's story here.

Diane, Presque Isle

After completing her medical assistant program at a community college in Indiana, Diane moved to Presque Isle to be closer to her aging parents. Soon, Diane noticed a small sore on her foot that lead to her having her leg amputated. MaineCare allowed her to access life-saving medical treatment.


 “It should not be this hard when you can prove over and over again that you are sick and you need some help for a while. No one should have to fight as hard and as long as I did.” –Diane, 57 


Read Diane's story here.

Pamela, Sabattus

Pamela lives in Sabattus and likes to stay busy working with local teens and volunteering with various organizations. Pamela has just recently obtained health insurance, but she remembers all too well what life without coverage was like.

Read the transcript from Pamela's story here.

F.M.H., Oxford County

F.M.H. left home at 16-years-old. While experiencing homelessness, she worked 12 to 18-hour days, completed her GED and some college, and eventually purchased a home. She was living without health insurance until January 2017, when she was enrolled in MaineCare. Since her enrollment, she has received treatment for many medical challeneges, but is struggling to access oral health services and find mental health providers that are knowledgable about Maine's transgender community. 

"We're basically throwaway people I think. That's how I feel at times." --F.M.H., 63

Read F.M.H.'s story here.

Max, Portland

Max lives in Portland and was a student at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) until he was diagnosed with chronic depression and anxiety. He soon dropped out of school. He lost Medicaid three years ago and is finding it difficult to obtain the medicine he needs.

"There's no reason that we can't get health care coverage for everybody. A rising tide raises all ships." --Max

Read the transcript from Max's story here.

Janice, Swanville

Janice was injured while working at Little River Apparel, a company that makes U.S. military uniforms. Because of her injury, she is unable to work and relies on her Social Security benefits to survive. She is stuggling to access the health care she needs as she does not qualify for MaineCare and cannot afford Marketplace insurance. 

"I'm here with a broken body and no health insurance"--Janice, 55

Read Janice's story here.

Patty, Shapleigh

Patty and her husband live in Shapleigh and lost their health insurance after her husband was laid off from work. They were enrolled in Medicaid in 2009 and lost their coverage in 2012 after their youngest child turned 18-years-old. Her husband was facing multiple medical conditions that led to permanent disabilities. Patty and her husband are still not qualified for Medicaid.

"Health care is a human right and we really and truly, in this country, cannot afford not to have health coverage for everybody." --Patty

Read the transcript from Patty's story here.

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