LePage administration appeals order on Medicaid expansion
AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration appealed a judge’s order Thursday that requires Maine to move to expand Medicaid as voters demanded in 2016.
Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Ricker Hamilton appealed the ruling and asked the state’s highest court to expedite its decision on what LePage’s office calls an “important constitutional question.”
LePage vetoed Medicaid expansion proposals five times before voters approved it in a referendum. Expansion could provide coverage to 70,000 to 80,000 low-income residents under age 65.
A state judge on Monday ordered the governor’s administration to submit a Medicaid expansion plan to the federal government by June 11.
The governor has said that before Maine expands Medicaid, lawmakers must fund the state’s share of the expansion cost under his terms, including no tax hikes.
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