The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) recently released a report developed in collaboration with researchers from the Cutler Institute. The study, “Access to Health Care Services for Adults in Maine,” used 2014-2016 data from the Maine Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to examine access to health care services among adult Mainers. Maine adults with household incomes of less than $25,000 a year, those without a bachelor’s degree, and Mainers of color reported poorer access to needed health care services. Authors on the report are Erika Ziller, Barbara Leonard of MeHAF, Amanda Burgess, and Nathan Paluso.
In a press release from MeHAF, Barbara Leonard noted the importance of the access issues raised in the report: “Access to appropriate and quality health care should not be decided by education level, income level, or a person’s skin color, nor should someone’s health care needs lead them to financial hardship. These are urgent issues, and represent systemic problems that must be addressed to guarantee equal health care for all in every part of Maine.”