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First Hearing on New Bill to Expand Medicaid Underway

| January 15, 2014


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The first hearing on the new bill to expand Medicaid coverage is taking place. ┬áThe bill Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves presented to the Health and Human Services Committee Wednesday is similar to last year’s expansion bill, which is designed to get GOP lawmakers on board. Eves says the bill includes a sunset provision allowing the state to withdraw from the federal program after three years, when the federal government begins to gradually lower its share of the cost from 100 percent to no less than 90 percent. But Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who vetoed the expansion last year, is pointing to a recent report commissioned by the administration that says the expansion will cost the state $807 million over the next decade.

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