Maine hospitals, doctors ask state for help to cover COVID-19-related losses

Maine hospitals and doctors are asking the state for help to cover losses associated with the coronavirus outbreak.The Maine Hospital Association and the Maine Medical Association have asked Gov. Janet Mills for $100 million for hospitals and $20 million for independent physicians.Hospitals stopped non-emergency services when the outbreak began in March.That resulted in a 50% drop in revenue for hospitals and even more for doctors, officials said.”They went to the front line gladly. Many decision makers and leaders praised them for that, and the physicians greatly appreciate it, but now it’s time to advance from the praise,” Maine Medical Association spokesman Dan Morin said.The groups suggest pulling the money from the state Medicaid fund because it has been saving money during the pandemic.Mills said she welcomes the proposal and has asked the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and her Economic Recovery Commission to take it into consideration.

Maine hospitals and doctors are asking the state for help to cover losses associated with the coronavirus outbreak.

The Maine Hospital Association and the Maine Medical Association have asked Gov. Janet Mills for $100 million for hospitals and $20 million for independent physicians.

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Hospitals stopped non-emergency services when the outbreak began in March.

That resulted in a 50% drop in revenue for hospitals and even more for doctors, officials said.

“They went to the front line gladly. Many decision makers and leaders praised them for that, and the physicians greatly appreciate it, but now it’s time to advance from the praise,” Maine Medical Association spokesman Dan Morin said.

The groups suggest pulling the money from the state Medicaid fund because it has been saving money during the pandemic.

Mills said she welcomes the proposal and has asked the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and her Economic Recovery Commission to take it into consideration.