Maine Voters to Take Up Medicaid Expansion

Maine’s Governor has vetoed a Medicaid expansion program five times before it could be come law. Now voters will get to decide.

About 80,000 additional Mainers would become eligible for the program if the ballot measure were to succeed, according to the nonpartisan Maine Office of Program and Fiscal Review.

How could anyone be against this? It’s conplicated.

But Mr. LePage and other opponents say that Maine should know better. The state undertook a more modest expansion of Medicaid in 2002, under former Gov. Angus King, an independent. Afterward, Maine struggled with budget shortfalls and fell behind on Medicaid payments to hospitals.

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