AUGUSTA, Maine — Further Maine House and Senate votes are expected this week on a bill to bar annual and lifetime caps on health insurance payments.
The bill is intended to protect health care policy holders from having to go into debt because they’ve been denied payments for expensive medical treatments. The bill would eliminate limits on payments, with exceptions for several specific types of health plans. It applies to health plans issued or renewed on or after Jan. 1, 2011.
An advocacy group, Consumers for Affordable Health Care, is cheering initial passage of the bill. The group calls Maine’s bill the first of its kind in the country.