ELLSWORTH — Maine AllCare, a nonprofit advocating for universal health care in Maine, has received a $50,000 donation from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to fund financial feasibility studies and an operations manager.
The mission of Maine AllCare is to promote the establishment of publicly funded health care coverage for all Maine residents. The system will be efficient, financially sound, politically sustainable and provide benefits fairly distributed to all.
The organization advocates that health care, a basic necessity, be treated as a public good fundamental to Mainers’ well-being as individuals and as a democratic nation.
Maine AllCare’s chairman, Dr. Henk Goorhuis, said two studies to examine the financial feasibility of this approach in Maine are planned with this donation. The all-volunteer board also will hire a director to coordinate its outreach.
The organization has 10 chapters throughout Maine. Additional chapters will be established to increase awareness, education and communication throughout the state.
Maine AllCare also is in a Health Care as a Human Right coalition with the Maine State Nurses Association and the Southern Maine Workers Center
The King Foundation was started by writers Stephen and Tabitha King and donates to organizations and community-based initiatives in Maine that often do not have easy access to resources or funding.
For more information about Maine AllCare, visit www.maineallcare.org.