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Making health care affordable, accessible focus of forum

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine leaders are looking at ways to make health care more affordable and accessible in the wake of voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is bringing together health care providers, advocates, leaders and experts for a Thursday forum in Portland. The public can watch a live-stream.

Mills says Maine has enrolled over 36,000 people in Medicaid expansion so far this year. Voters in 2017 had approved expansion under former President Obama’s signature health care law, but Maine’s former governor had thwarted it under his fiscal concerns.

The forum will include the former director of the White House Office of Health Reform and a previous acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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