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Health Department Facing $100 Million Deficit

| January 10, 2014



AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Democrats say the state’s health department faces a deficit of $100 million and are calling on Republican Gov. Paul LePage to work with lawmakers to address the shortfall.
Democratic leaders said Friday that they haven’t received the information they need from department heads to craft a budget fix for the Department of Health and Human Services and others.

Governors typically submit supplemental budgets, but LePage has said he won’t submit one because lawmakers approved a budget he didn’t like.

Adrienne Bennett, a spokeswoman for LePage, said the administration acknowledges that there is a significant shortfall in DHHS and will provide further details next week, but that the majority of it is attributed to the Medicaid program.

She says the administration intends to work with lawmakers to fix the shortfall.

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