November 08, 2019
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Maine enrolls more than 6,000 under Medicaid expansion so far

Stock photo | Pexels
Stock photo | Pexels

The administration of Maine’s new Democratic governor says the state’s enrolled more than 6,200 under voter-approved Medicaid expansion since January.

The Department of Health and Human Services in a Friday post says Maine is partnering with advocacy nonprofit group Consumers for Affordable Health Care to sign up more enrollees through workshops and special enrollment days.

Voters approved expansion for more than 70,000 Mainers in 2017, but Gov. Janet Mills’ Republican predecessor, Paul LePage, blocked expansion over his fiscal concerns.

Mills rolled-out expansion on her first day, and her two-year budget relies on expected future tax revenues to provide nearly $150 million for Maine’s share of expansion. Her budget estimates $830 million in federal funding.

Maine’s exploring allowing hospitals to screen people for Medicaid eligibility and directly enroll them on a short-term basis.

 



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