AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine clinicians and the Maine Medical Center are calling on lawmakers to come together and support a bill to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law.
The organization on Thursday urged the Legislature to find a bipartisan compromise on the bill that’s expected to add tens of thousands of Mainers to the state’s Medicaid program.
Democrats are pushing a bill similar to one vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage last session that would allow the state to withdraw from the expansion after three years when the federal government begins to lower its share of the cost.
House Republican Leader Ken Fredette says many special interests groups are calling for the expansion “because they stand to profit it.” He says Republicans are protecting Maine’s economic future in their opposition.