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Funding needed to improve access to health care in Maine

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David L. Levy of Orono is a retired nephrologist.

The Affordable Care Act was one of the most significant pieces of legislation passed by the Obama administration. The goal of this law was to make affordable, quality health care accessible to more Americans. The ACA is certainly an imperfect law due to the numerous compromises necessary for its passage, but it did result in approximately 20 million additional Americans having health insurance. The hope was that this would be a first step toward achieving universal access to health care.

I practiced medicine in Maine for 38 years and saw many patients suffer as a result of an inadequately funded and fragmented system of health care. In my specialty of nephrology, people often presented with advanced kidney disease because they had been unable to access care when their disease was at a more manageable stage.

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