Maine authorized Medicaid growth by a tally effort more than a year earlier, however previous Governor Paul LePage had actually obstructed it from working.

Thankfully, Gov. Janet Mills (D-ME) understands how to keep a guarantee.

On Thursday, in her very first executive order on her very first day in workplace, Mills purchased Maine to move on with Medicaid growth, which is most likely to supply medical insurance for an extra 70,000 Maine locals.

Our brand-new Administration will broaden Medicaid – – and spend for it sustainably; work to make sure that everyone has medical care; manage the expense of medical insurance; and check the expense of prescription drugs. #mepolitics

—– Janet Mills (@JanetMillsforME) January 3, 2019

As ThinkProgress’ Amanda Michelle Gomez formerly described , under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid eligibility was encompassed almost all low-income individuals making listed below 138 percent of the federal hardship line. A Supreme Court judgment in 2012 permitted states to choose out of broadening Medicaid under the ACA. Maine was among 12 states run by Republican guvs who chose to pull out.

Over the previous couple of years, legislators in Maine combated tooth and nail to broaden Medicaid, however LePage banned 5 various expenses on the concern. In 2017, Medicaid growth advocates tried another path, and put Medicaid growth up for a vote as a tally procedure.

Almost 60 percent of Maine citizens backed the growth, making the very first time that a state had actually authorized the ACA’s Medicaid growth through a tally effort.

But LePage continued to obstruct the procedure and slow-walk at every turn, even utilizing his last weeks in workplace to disregard a Maine Superior Court Justice’s judgment that LePage needed to stop messing up Medicaid growth.

““ I will go to prison prior to I put the state in red ink,” ” LePage stated last summertime, highlighting his desire to keep Maine’s budget plan in check . ““ And if the court informs me I need to do it, then we’’ re going to be going to prison.””


The Medicaid growth will assist Maine locals combat the opioid epidemic, which is especially crucial thinking about that Maine was among the states that saw a boost in overdose deaths in between 2017 and 2018, according to Huffington Post .


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