WCSH: Medicaid expansion proposa
AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Opponents of Maine’s controversial Medicaid expansion proposal say expanding the low ncome health insurance program will take away critical funds from schools and other state programs.
The group called Americans a For Prosperity Maine said passage of the law will lead to what it called a “Medicaid Pac-Man” that will gobble up money needed for other essential services.
The expansion proposal would have the state accept 100 percent federal funding for three years, to cover an additional 70,000 low income, non-disabled adults, as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Opponents of expansion say there would still be added cost to Maine for the three years, and more cost increases as federal support declines.
The bill has not yet been voted on by the legislative committee. A small group of legislators is negotiating a possible compromise on the plan.