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Suit Claims Maine Hasn't Hired Number Of Nurses Required Under Law

Two nurses and a Democratic lawmaker have filed suit against the LePage administration for failing to fill vacant public health nursing positions.

The lawsuit seeks a court order to force Maine's Department of Health and Human services to obey a law passed in 2017 that requires the department to fill all 48 public health nurse positions in the state.

Sarah DeCato, who worked as a Maine public health nurse from 2008 to 2014, says DHHS is not making an effort to hire anyone.

"Since January I have applied twice and I have not been called in for an interview," she says.

DeCato says she received an email from the state in April that said the Department was not currently hiring public health nurses.

The LePage administration declined to comment on pending litigation.