Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:40

The future of health care in Maine Featured

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AUGUSTA - While the debate over healthcare is taking center stage in Washington.

Healthcare providers from around the state are gathering to improve the future of healthcare in Maine.


Mila Kofman Executive Director of DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority said "It's unfortunate that the affordable care act has been so politicized. I don't think health care and health coverage is political."


She says we need to help defeat the repeal effort that will hurt so many working Americans. "And we need to get back to the table and identify bipartisan solutions to improve the affordable care act. It should not be a political issue."


She says it's important no matter what your party affiliation is, to work together. "To improve the affordable care act and what each state has done locally to maximize on the opportunities that the affordable care act presents."


One of the concerns for providers at the conference is healthcare for children because kids are our future and our future workforce.


Claire Berkowitz Executive Director of Maine Children's Alliance said "It's really essential for them to have access to the basic health care."


She says the Maine children alliance is heartened by senator Collins courage and leadership on this issue. "So her decision to vote no on Graham Cassidy is really a vote yes for kids."


She says people's direct experiences are being shared with our leaders, and they are listening.


"They understand that medicaid plays a huge role in our state, our hospitals, our rural hospitals depend on it. That's who they're caring for in many of our communities."

Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

She graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills Long Island where she anchored for their TV Club, and had her own radio show called "All Access Entertainment."

She won an outstanding achievement award and graduated on the dean's list.

Prior to graduation Shonna interned at News12 Long Island.

Shonna comes from a big family. With three older sisters, her parents, and six nieces and nephews there's never a dull moment when she's around them. When she's not working she enjoys working out, dancing, spending time with her fiance, and planning her wedding! Shonna would love to hear if you have any story ideas. You can email her at [email protected].