Title

"Focus on Health Care" piece on Maine's new Dirigo Health program, which small b

Authors

Sean Donahue

Source

Mainebiz

Date

1-19-2004

Pages

1, 22-24

Abstract

"Focus on Health Care" piece on Maine's new Dirigo Health program, which small businesses hope will offer competitive insurance rates. Most of the program's unknowns will be resolved only when it is in operation and when it is seen how the small business community embraces the new product. As a first step, the Dirigo Health Agency conducted market research of its target audience. The ultimate plan will depend on feedback from private insurers, who will submit bids. New lower-cost business-targeted plans have come on the market recently, and premiums have stopped rising so sharply. It remains to be seen if the state plan will be competitive.

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