After Maine Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion, Governor Raises Objections

Rosemary Warnock, a registered nurse at Maine Health, exits the Merrill Auditorium voting station in Portland, Maine, early Tuesday. She said she was motivated to vote for Medicaid expansion.

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Rosemary Warnock, a registered nurse at Maine Health, exits the Merrill Auditorium voting station in Portland, Maine, early Tuesday. She said she was motivated to vote for Medicaid expansion.

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Just hours after Maine voters became the first in the nation to use the ballot box to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Republican Gov. Paul LePage said he wouldn’t implement it unless the Legislature funds the state’s share of an expansion.

“Give me the money and I will enforce the referendum,” LePage said. Unless the Legislature fully funds the expansion — without raising taxes or using the state’s rainy day fund — he said he will not implement it.

LePage has long been a staunch opponent of Medicaid expansion. The Maine Legislature has passed

Article source: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/08/562758848/after-maine-voters-approve-medicaid-expansion-governor-raises-objections?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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