Congress must increase gains in health coverage that is vital to Mainers and millions of Americans

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Ann Woloson is the executive director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care. Julia Underwood is the associate director of the group that serves as the Maine Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program.

Great news! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that the uninsured rate among adults ages 19-64 has hit an all-time low. Congress must act soon, however, or 13 million Americans will see their monthly health insurance premiums rise next year, easily reversing that trend.

Phillip, who lives in Penobscot County, is one of the people who got coverage. He works in a small car business and is in good health. However, to stay healthy and work, he must take an expensive prescription drug and see his doctor regularly. His health insurance makes this possible.

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