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Bartlett Endorsed by the Maine Council of Senior Citizens

July 23, 2008

The Maine Council of Senior Citizens has endorsed State Senator Philip Bartlett in his bid for reelection to the Maine Senate. Bartlett was one of just six senate candidates to receive an endorsement from the group. Bartlett is completing his second term representing Gorham, Scarborough and Westbrook in the state senate. First elected at the age of 28, Bartlett continues to be the youngest member of the senate. He chairs the Utilities and Energy Committee and serves on the Natural Resources and Government Oversight committees.

“I feel honored to have earned this endorsement,” said Bartlett . “I share the commitment of the Maine Council of Senior Citizens to ensuring that every Maine citizen has access to quality, affordable health care.”

The Maine Council of Senior Citizens is the Maine affiliate of the Alliance for Retired Americans and advocates on behalf of all Maine seniors. The group has over 3,000 individual and group members across the state. Improving access to affordable health care and prescription drugs has been an important part of the group’s advocacy work in recent years.

In 2008 the Legislature enacted LD 1849, An Act to Protect Consumers from Rising Health Care Costs, sponsored by Bartlett . The bill expanded the mission of the Advisory Council on Health Systems Development to require a systemic review of cost drivers in the Maine ’s health care system. Some of those cost drivers may include market failure, supply and demand for services, provider charges and costs, public and commercial payor policies, consumer behavior, cost and pricing of pharmaceuticals, and the need for and availability and cost of capital equipment and services.

“This legislation is important because it tasks a permanent body with collecting and coordinating data from both the public and private sectors to help inform policy makers,” said Bartlett. “This group’s work will become an important guide for all who are trying to lower our health care costs. By dramatically improving transparency in our health care system, this bill will help us to seriously address the health care crisis we are facing.”