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
- Parents or caretaker relatives with one or more dependent
children and family incomes between 101% and 138% of the federal poverty level
- 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
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.
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.