Mary Mayhew

Florida's incoming governor is appointing an official from the administration of President Donald Trump to run the agency that oversees Medicaid.

Murray Carpenter / For Maine Public

Former Maine Health and Human Services Commissisoner Mary Mayhew has been tapped by the Trump administration to become the deputy administrator and director of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

Republican Mary Mayhew, a former cabinet member under Gov. Paul LePage, is among four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Mayhew was a lobbyist for the Maine Hospital Association for about a decade before joining LePage’s administration as a senior health policy advisor. Shortly after that, Mayhew became the LePage administration’s commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services. She remained in that post until May 2017, when she resigned to run for governor.

Gubernatorial candidate Mary Mayhew speaks at the Republican Convention, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Augusta, Maine
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine politics might have a very different look today if a tight 1990 congressional race had ended differently. But then-U.S. Rep. Olympia Snowe kept her seat, and the manager of the near-miss Democratic campaign is now a prominent Republican.

Fewer than 5,000 votes separated Snowe, a moderate Republican, and Pat McGowan, an insurgent Democrat, in that 2nd Congressional District race nearly 28 years ago. His 25-year-old campaign manager, Mary Mayhew, has come a long way since then.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine gubernatorial candidate says the brother of former President George H.W. Bush hosted a fundraiser for her campaign for the 2018 Republican nomination.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Jonathan Bush Sr. held the fundraiser for Mary Mayhew at his home on North Haven Island Tuesday.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A combat veteran who wants to be Maine's next governor is the top fundraiser so far as the 2018 gubernatorial field shapes up.
Democrat and Sanford attorney Adam Cote reported this week raising roughly $260,000 for the primary and general race from April through June.
Former state Health and Human Services chief Republican Mary Mayhew reported raising about $90,000 in June.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine newspaper is objecting to the use of its logo on campaign posters modeled after real newspapers, but carrying fake headlines.
The Portland Press Herald reports that that its lawyer has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Republican Mary Mayhew, who announced her candidacy for governor Tuesday.
At the campaign kickoff, posters lauding the business climate in Maine were made to look like the front pages of the Portland Press Herald, the Lewiston Sun Journal and the Bangor Daily News.

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Former Department of Health and Human Services chief Mary Mayhew ended speculation about her political future Tuesday, by announcing her candidacy for governor.

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State Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew resigned from office Wednesday, effective Friday. Mayhew has served in that position since the first weeks of the LePage administration. The announcement is spurring speculation about her political future.

Members of two legislative committees heard more details Thursday about a plan to expand treatment for opioid addiction to several hundred more Mainers. The surge in overdoses last year to an average of one death a day helped drive the proposal.

Foster Care

Aug 10, 2016

Last year, 870 children entered into state custody. There is a pressing need for more foster families to care for these children. What does being a foster family entail? And what happens to these children as they move through the system? Guests: Mary Mayhew, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services Jim Martin, Director of the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) April Belyea, a foster parent from CaribouSarah Hatt, a foster parent from Washburn


The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee has voted 11 to 1 to subpoena Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew and Riverview Psychiatric Center Superintendent Jay Harper to answer questions about issues plaguing the hospital.

ALFRED, Maine - Maine Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew will avoid a contempt hearing after she agreed to comply with court orders to admit two jail inmates to the state's psychiatric hospital.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Justice Paul Fritzsche postponed Mayhew's hearing Monday in York County Superior Court. The move gives Mayhew's staff 10 days to admit the second of the two inmates to the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The head of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services has been ordered to appear in court next month to answer questions about the department's refusal to accept a patient in the state's psychiatric hospital.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Commissioner Mary Mayhew has been subpoenaed to appear for a contempt hearing in York County Superior Court on May 5. Riverview Psychiatric Center Superintendent Jay Harper has also been ordered to attend.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Advocates for the low-income, elderly and disabled say they are concerned by the barriers their clients are facing getting food supplement benefits and other assistance from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Some clients report having to wait for months to get timely help. Others are finding that they must spend more than an hour on the phone to get someone at the department to answer a question. Recent administrative changes are believed to be the culprit, along with inadequate staffing.