To the Editor:
Acadia Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) endorses the effort to extend Medicaid to over 70,000 low-income Maine citizens who do not have health coverage. We believe that it is our responsibility as a caring nation to provide access to adequate health care of all on moral and humanitarian grounds.
Over 66,000 Maine registered voters petitioned to have Medicaid expansion on the Nov. 7 ballot, and Maine’s elected representatives in the state legislature voted for Medicaid expansion six times. Each time, it was vetoed.
To survive financially, our rural hospitals and clinics need all Maine adults and children to have their health care costs covered. Now is the time to require the state to expand Medicaid coverage through MaineCare.
Mary Booher, Clerk
Acadia Friends Meeting