Medicaid expansion

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Today marks the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act marketplace. The Trump administration has slashed funding for outreach efforts, but Gov. Janet Mills says the state plans to fill that gap for Mainers who want to enroll.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Thousands fewer Mainers than projected have signed up for Medicaid in the first six months of a statewide expansion of the program.

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When Janet Mills ran for governor, she promised to expand Medicaid to help combat the opioid crisis. Her campaign estimated that 25,000 Mainers couldn’t access treatment for substance use disorder either because of a lack of capacity or a lack of insurance.

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Four months after Gov. Janet Mills expanded Medicaid, nearly 19,000 low-income Mainers have signed up, and it’s estimated that another 50,000 are eligible.

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Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced Wednesday that the federal government has approved the state's plan to expand Medicaid health insurance to low-income Mainers.

AUGUSTA, Maine  — The administration of Maine's new Democratic governor says the state has enrolled 7,500 people under voter-approved Medicaid expansion since January.

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More than 500 Mainers now have coverage under Medicaid expansion. Gov. Janet Mills made the announcement Thursday morning, a week after she officially took office and pledged to expand the health care program that voters approved by referendum more than a year ago. 

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Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy has denied the LePage administration’s request for a stay on a court order that directs the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to implement Medicaid expansion.

Legal advocates are urging eligible Mainers to enroll for health coverage under the state’s expanded Medicaid program, even though its implementation is in limbo.

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The LePage administration is requesting a stay on a court order to expand Medicaid.

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Wednesday, a Superior Court Justice ordered the LePage administration to implement Medicaid expansion. The decision is the latest in a protracted legal battle over the law approved by voters in a referendum last year. Patty Wight spoke with Nora Flaherty on Maine Things Considered about the court decision and what comes next.

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Outgoing Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he might run against Democratic Gov.-elect Janet Mills in four years.

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The Maine Attorney General's office Wednesday argued in support of a lawsuit that seeks to force the LePage administration to implement Medicaid expansion.  Though Attorney General Janet Mills has recused herself from the case, the governor-elect was in Cumberland County Superior Court to hear arguments. Mills promised on the campaign trail to implement the voter-approved law if elected. But the group behind the lawsuit says it's still important to proceed with the case.

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

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Originally posted 12:53p.m. September 28, 2018.

The group suing the LePage administration to force it to expand Medicaid has withdrawn its motion seeking a third party receiver to take over the process of implementation. The development came at the end of two days of hearings in Superior Court in Portland.