Medicaid Expansion Fight Heats Up in Augusta

Published: Apr. 4, 2018 at 7:15 AM EDT
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Gov. Paul LePage blames lawmakers for his refusal to meet a deadline to ask for $500 million in annual federal funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion. This comes as Maine health care providers, lawmakers, and advocates say they'll rally to demand Maine take action on voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

The state faced a deadline Tuesday

The tens of thousands of low-income individuals who could benefit from such an expansion are still waiting for Gov. Paul LePage's administration and lawmakers to take action.

For months, the governor has said he won't take any steps to expand Medicaid until lawmakers provide funding without raising taxes, dipping into the rainy day fund, or using budgetary gimmicks.

Democratic lawmakers say the LePage administration doesn't need additional funds to file the application. Lawmakers haven't yet held a hearing on providing funds for Medicaid expansion.