U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the frontrunner in the race to be Maine’s next governor, outlined his vision for improving health care today during a press conference in Portland.

“When we think about health care, our focus often begins when a person shows up in the emergency room or at a doctor’s office. And it typically ends when they are sent home,” Michaud said. “We talk about cost drivers, procedures and outcomes. But reforming our health care system requires us to take a broader view that puts the individual at the center of our efforts.”

In his comprehensive 10-point plan, Michaud proposes practical steps for improving the health of Mainers, reducing costs for small businesses, fighting substance abuse and addiction, and promoting innovation in health care delivery and payment.

“We need to think about people not as a collection of ailments, to be treated as cheaply as possible, but as members of our community who want to be healthy, live independently and be treated with respect at all stages of their lives,” Michaud said.

The reforms also emphasize the importance of protecting taxpayer dollars, cleaning up a dysfunctional Department of Health and Human Services, which has been mismanaged by Gov. Paul LePage and his administration, and addressing Maine’s growing opiate addiction epidemic.

The complete plan can be found here: www.michaud2014.com/healthcare.

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