ADEA State Update

Nov. 7 Election Results You Should Know About

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BallotBox3Medicaid Expansion 

In Maine, voters cast their votes on ballot measure Question 2: An Act to Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care. 

The exact question posed to voters was as follows: “Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?”

Although the official election results are not in, the governor of Maine issued a press statement following the election acknowledging that Mainers approved the Medicaid expansion measure.

As a result of the election, the citizens’ initiative extends MaineCare (the state Medicaid program) coverage of health care costs specifically to: 

  • Parents or caretaker relatives with one or more dependent children and family incomes between 101% and 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL).
  • Adults with disabilities who have incomes between 101% and 138% of the FPL.
  • Adults with family incomes at or below 138% of the FPL who do not have dependent children and are not “disabled,” as defined in the Social Security Act.

In the press statement following the election, while the governor did acknowledge the election results, he also threatened to reject implementation of Medicaid expansion unless the state legislature fully funds the expanded program. Only time will tell whether Medicaid expansion will be fully implemented in Maine without delay or whether the state legislature and/or the court system will cast the deciding vote.  

 

Fluoride

In May in the state of Washington, the Port Angeles City Council approved a ballot resolution for the Nov. 7 election asking voters if the city should resume fluoridation of the city’s water supply, which was stopped in August. On election day, 57% or 3,175 voters rejected adding fluoride to the city’s water supply. 

A special election was also held on Nov. 7, giving residents of Buda, TX, an opportunity to decide whether the city should resume adding fluoride to the city’s surface water supply (Proposition A). On election day, 66% of voters rejected adding fluoride to the city’s water supply.

 

Prescription Drug Costs

In Ohio, voters cast their votes on ballot measure Issue 2. The ballot measure would require the state and state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, to pay the same or lower prices for prescriptions drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs—a department that negotiates drug prices with companies and typically pays 24% less than other agencies for prescription drugs. On election day, 79.28% or 1,816,074 votes were cast against this ballot measure.          

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