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U.S. Sen. King helps hospitals

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To the Editor;
Northern Piscataquis County is highly dependent on the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville, and U.S. Sen. Angus King has made sure it remains well-funded and operational. In 2017, he voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, thus ensuring that the hospital — our county’s fifth largest employer — continues to receive the federal support it needs to carry on strong. He has done the same across the state. King has continually reached out to rural health care providers, from Machias to Bridgton, to ensure their voices are heard by their representative in Washington. After all, rural hospitals are a top employer in 15 out of Maine’s 16 counties.

The Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital is a vital caregiver for northern Piscataquis County’s large senior population, and King has fought hard to ensure that all members of our county can receive treatment there. He is vehemently opposed to recent proposals that seek to restrict insurance access for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. Our county has one of the highest cancer rates in the state, and so continued access to affordable health insurance is vitally important for us.

I am voting for King in November so he continue to protect our hospitals and health insurance.

Sharon Libby Jones
Greenville

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