Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:26

Advocates urge protection for people with pre-existing conditions

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BANGOR - Healthcare advocates gathered at the Bangor waterfront Tuesday to speak in support of keeping protections in place for people with pre-existing conditions, which currently are protected under  the Affordable Care Act.

Local leaders say 50 percent of people have a pre-existing condition like high cholesterol or asthma. They say not protecting pre-existing conditions means insurance companies could charge those people more.

 

"Very important that people vote, they vote as if their health matters, as if the people they elect to Washington, to Augusta, locally, are going to stick up for local health issues," Sen. Geoff Gratwick, D-Bangor, said.

 

Gratwick said Maine already has a good set of laws protecting people with pre-existing conditions but noted that it is important to support similar protections on the federal level.