AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Senate has endorsed a plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but its future in the Democratic-controlled Legislature is uncertain.
The 22-13 vote in the Senate falls short of the two-thirds support lawmakers will need to override a veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage. But it faces further votes in the House and Senate.
The bill crafted by two Republican senators would expand Medicaid to roughly 70,000 residents and privatize the program through managed care in an effort to curb costs and attract GOP votes.
Supporters said not expanding will leave thousands without life-saving health care.
But many Republicans questioned whether managed care will really save the state money. They say expanding is fiscally irresponsible and will force the state to cut other services and programs.