Health Reform WK-EDGE Maine becomes first state to expand Medicaid through ballot initiative
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Maine becomes first state to expand Medicaid through ballot initiative

By Kathryn S. Beard, J.D.

On November 7, 2017, Mainers voted to expand eligibility for MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program, through a citizen’s initiative referendum question. According to the Portland (Me.) Press Herald, which was showing 539 of 584 precincts reporting at press time, the initiative to expand Medicaid was projected to be approved with 59 percent of voters in favor and 41 percent opposed. Final results will be announced by the state’s Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions when available. Governor Paul LePage (R), who previously vetoed six legislative attempts to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) issued a critical statement and said that his administration "will not implement Medicaid expansion" until the legislature fully funds the program to levels calculated by the state Department of Health and Human Services.

For more on the ballot initiative, see Maine voters taking Medicaid expansion into their own hands, October 31, 2017.

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