Maine House Falls Short Of Overriding Governor’s Veto Of Bill To Help Pay For Medicaid Expansion
The bill provided state funding that would be supplemented by more than $500 million in federal funds to expand Medicaid to between 70,000 and 80,000 more Mainers.
Maine House Fails To Override LePage Veto Of Medicaid Expansion
Lawmakers in Maine's state House failed to override the governor's veto of a bill that would fund the first year of Medicaid expansion. The lawmakers voted 85-58 to uphold Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the $60 million bill, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass the bill. That $60 million — which was slated to come from budget surplus revenue and the state's tobacco settlement fund — would have been matched by $500 million in federal funds to expand Medicaid to more low-income adults in the state. (Hellmann, 7/9)
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LePage Foils Medicaid Expansion Again When House Sustains His Veto
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court could alter the expansion picture next week, when it hears arguments in a challenge brought by advocates who want to force the governor to file an expansion plan with the federal government. Conservative Republicans stood with the governor in Monday’s 85-58 vote, which fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn his veto of a bill allotting $60 million to help fund a law that 59 percent of voters approved at referendum in 2017. (7/9)