According to Governor Mills' press secretary, the bill makes the patient protections outlined by the federal Affordable Care Act state law.
The legislation also requires insurance companies to include basic patient protections in Maine health care plans, according to a release from the governor's office.
In a statement, Gov. Mills said she's proud the state has taken a step to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and other health benefits.
According to the governor's spokesperson, the protections include prohibiting charging seniors higher rates because of their age, banning lifetime and annual caps on coverage, and allowing people up to age 26 to remain on their parents' insurance.