LePage: Lawmakers Must Act For Maine To Get Medicaid Dollars
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Republican governor is claiming without providing evidence that President Donald Trump's administration will only let the state expand Medicaid if Maine lawmakers put the money up.
The tens of thousands of low-income individuals who could benefit from voter-approved Medicaid expansion are waiting for Gov. Paul LePage's administration and lawmakers to take action.
Lawmakers haven't yet fulfilled the governor's demand to figure out how to pay for the state's share of the expansion. Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine said he hopes to hold a public hearing to hash out a spending plan, but says the LePage administration is not providing needed details.
For months, the LePage administration has refused to take procedural steps to ensure Maine receives federal funding for expansion, which is slated to start July 2 under state law.