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Maine Senate Fails to Overturn Gov. Paul LePage’s Veto That Would Expand Medicaid Coverage

| April 11, 2014

MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Senate has failed to overturn Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage to 70,000 Mainers and privatize the program through managed care. The Senate voted 22-13 on Friday, falling two votes short of the two-thirds support needed to override the Republican governor’s veto. LePage vetoed the bill Wednesday, saying expansion would have a “disastrous impact on Maine’s budget.” Lawmakers failed to override LePage’s veto twice last year. Despite several provisions in this years’ bill designed to get GOP support, it continued to face significant opposition from Republican lawmakers. Under the bill, the state also would have hired private companies to run its Medicaid program. The managed care plan is designed to provide more stability and predictability in the state’s growing Medicaid budget.

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