Had the chance to visit the Portland Community Health Center's fabulous new clinic today - such a great community asset; a "Patient Centered Medical Home" that serves everyone. It's an impressive operation, and is designed to meet the needs of this very diverse community. It is, however, challenged by the large number of uninsured Mainers. We need to make sure places like this can stay healthy, just as we hope their patients will be. Yet another argument in favor of health care expansion!
I was very impressed to hear House Speaker Mark Eves' recent interview with an Augusta radio station, where he argued in favor of additional efforts to get Maine to join other states in accepting Federal Medicaid dollars. This would provide health care coverage for tens of thousands of low-income Mainers who currently rely on emergency rooms or simply defer their medical conditions until they become chronic. He says it far better than I can! Click on the link above to hear the interview; it's worth the 15 minutes or so
Spent part of my day at the ribbon cutting for Portland's new Technology Park, out near the Rand Road exit from the Turnpike. I think it's going to be a great economic development asset for our region. I regret, however, only looking at, and not enjoying, one of these groovy cupcakes.
Erik C. Jorgensen represents Maine House District 41 - Part of Portland. This blog represents his own opinions and not those of the Maine Legislature, Maine Democrats, or anyone else. To read more about me, click here