It’s Goliath vs. Goliath, and Mainers are caught in the crossfire

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Trey Stewart of Presque Isle represents District 2 in the Maine Senate. He is the Senate Republican lead for the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee and the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.

When Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Maine’s President Denise McDonough and MaineHealth CEO Andrew Mueller appeared before the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, of which I’m a member, it was already reported that MaineHealth decided to pull Maine Medical Center out of the national insurer’s network due to a contract dispute.

April’s hearing was a chance to hear from both sides, because about 300,000 Mainers — including more than 25,500 state employees — have Anthem as their insurer. It also drew widespread interest from stakeholders across the state, including the medical community, patients, regulators and employers.

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