Maine Public

With state revenues projected to be $528 million less than when the current budget was adopted, Finance Commissioner Kirsten Figueroa is proposing a series of steps to close that budget gap, without layoffs or cuts to school funding.

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Maine Hospitals and physicians are the latest to warn that they will need financial help because of losses tied to the coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals are asking the state for $100 million in assistance, while independent physicians are seeking $20 million.

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Supporters of a bill that would add an adult dental care benefit to the state's Medicaid program delivered more than 1500 postcards today to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills urging her support.

Signups for coverage under the Affordable Care Act began November 1st and end December 15th. Experts expect fewer people to enroll this year as more sign up for MaineCare instead. Also, several thousand people who currently have ACA insurance will be automatically switched to MaineCare (Medicaid.) We’ll discuss the new landscape for medical insurance coverage in Maine.

Several thousand Mainers who have Affordable Care Act insurance but qualify for Medicaid will be switched over during the Nov. 1-Dec. 15 enrollment.

Houlton Regional Hospital

Rural hospitals across the country say they are being been hurt by increased costs and inadequate Medicaid reimbursement rates. Maine’s rural hospitals are facing the same pressures, and state lawmakers are considering a bill to ease financial woes.

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Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills has ordered a full audit of the state Medicaid program. The review will look into everything from where money is being spent to whether particular programs are effective.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

The federal government has approved Maine's request to require that Medicaid recipients work to receive benefits.

The Month in Review: November's Top News Stories in Maine

Nov 30, 2018
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Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss the election results, Medicaid expansion, and the other stories that made the Maine headlines in November.


Susan Young, editorial page editor, Bangor Daily News

Greg Kesich, editorial page editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor, Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel, Central Maine Sunday

A Maine judge is set to hear the latest legal arguments over the future of voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

In a 6-1 decision, Maine's highest court has ruled that the LePage administration must begin the process of implementing the Medicaid expansion law that voters passed last year.

The Month in Review: Analysis of July News in Maine

Jul 31, 2018

Our panel of Maine editorial page editors returns to discuss the news that made headlines in July.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

It's not just law enforcement that is lamenting the lack of funding for treatment of substance use disorders. A 16-bed residential treatment center in Portland is ending its program Friday due to fiscal challenges.

Gov. Paul LePage once called the center, Serenity House, a model for treatment. But Serenity House's executive director says insufficient state reimbursements and restrictions on the number of treatment beds forced the program to end.

A lawsuit that seeks to force Maine's health commissioner to implement Medicaid expansion is now before the state Supreme Judicial Court.

The LePage administration has appealed a lower court's order to start the process. But consumer advocacy groups have filed arguments against further delays for the law that's supposed to take effect in less than two weeks.

The LePage administration said Monday that it will fight a state judge's order directing the Governor to file paperwork to expand Medicaid services, despite the fact that Medicaid expansion was approved by Maine voters last year.