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#PayItForwardMaine Campaign

Apr 24, 2020
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Small businesses make up 99% of the business community in Maine. The #PayItForwardMaine effort, launched by the Portland Chamber of Commerce and community partners, asks individuals, businesses and organizations to continue supporting local businesses and their employees in our new world of closed storefronts and physical distancing. Your favorite local businesses have been there for you through thick and thin. Now it’s time for all of us to come together and return their service and support.

#PayItForwardMaine is encouraging everyone to consider ways to show their support. That can include spending your time and effort or using the hashtag to share posts, photos, and actions.

Suggested ways to contribute:

  • Buy a gift card, gift certificate, class pass, etc.
  • Utilize take-out and curbside to-go services (Always call first and consider tipping more than usual!)
  • Purchase merchandise from the business’s website
  • See if your service providers offer virtual options
  • If you can’t afford to show monetary support, share the website or social media account of your favorite business or organization and encourage others to support them.
  • Offer up to help in any way you can…
    • Help deliver products to those in need
    • Volunteer your time to help feed the hungry
    • Put together packets for school children
    • Provide child-care for those still working (especially those in health care and medical fields) and in need of a helping hand
    • Post a video of teaching others about a favorite skill or technique

Maine people count on small businesses every day, not just for goods and services, but for the contributions they make to our economy and our communities,” said Dana Connors, President and CEO of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. “Our local businesses and their employees and families need our support now more than ever. Think of the impact if we all take action to #PayItForwardMaine.”

Learn more at PayItForwardMaine.com.

SEE ALSO

It's the time of year when Community Health Options files proposed 2022 individual health plan rates. Due to recent state legislation, next year's individual health plans will look slightly different than previous years. Maine insurance carriers will offer a handful of consistent Clear Choice plan designs to make it easier for consumers to compare health plans from different insurers. All individual health plans will now have a new name.

Click here to see a sample of our proposed individual health plan rates that are pending regulatory approval.  Please note that these rates do not account for any Advance Premium Tax Credit (APTC) subsidies that Members may receive.

Our 2022 plans also include some valuable new features that we have added based on Member feedback, including expanded telehealth services for all and a national provider network option.  We will continue to include coverage of COVID-19 vaccinations at no cost, access to our Site of Care program, and pharmacy support through our Script Savers program.

The Bureau of Insurance will hold a public forum on 2022 individual health plan rates on July 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Read more and register at the State of Maine website.  For more information about proposed rates, you may also contact Member Services, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at (855) 624-6463.