The recent passage of legislation to accept federal funds to expand access to health care in Maine by the Maine House and Senate is good news for Kennebec County. The bill will provide coverage for 6,000 uninsured low-income people in Kennebec County , the majority of whom work. More than 350 new jobs will be created in our county between 2014 and 2016. An additional $32 million in federal funds will be made available for services provided by our local doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.

It is estimated that this investment will generate over $43 million in additional economic activity in Kennebec County alone. Most importantly, many of our neighbors, friends and relatives will now have access to the preventive care and disease screenings they have gone without.

I hope our governor will sign this bill to create jobs, improve access to health care and stimulate our economy. If not, I urge all of our legislators in Augusta to override his veto. My own senator, Patrick Flood, R-Winthrop, will cast a critical vote in this life-saving debate.

Edward MillerHallowell