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Democrats Make Final Attempt at Medicaid Expansion

| April 17, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine lawmakers will finish their legislative session with a familiar debate: whether to accept federal dollars to provide health care coverage to roughly 70,000 low-income people under the federal health care law. House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick is introducing a measure Thursday under which the state would apply for […]

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Medicaid Expansion Still Up in the Air

| March 18, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s Democratic-controlled House has given initial approval a bill to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 70,000 residents, but whether it will have enough support to survive a future veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage remains unclear. The House backed the bill 97-49, falling just shy of the two-thirds support of present […]

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Senate Endorses Medicaid Expansion

| March 12, 2014

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 […]

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Medicaid Expansion

| March 5, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Republicans who oppose a proposal to expand Medicaid under the federal health care say many Mainers have an alternative: Buying cheap private plans on the exchange with tax credits. But critics say those making less than roughly $12,000 a year won’t receive help to pay for plans on the exchange. According […]

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Medicaid Expansion

| February 26, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says the growth of the state’s Medicaid program is already crowding out funding in environmental departments for things like oil spill clean-up response. The Republican governor’s administration held a press conference Wednesday to reiterate its opposition to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law as […]

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