Tag Archives: Medicaid

LePage says managed care won’t improve quality, cost of health care

In an impromptu meeting with reporters Monday, Gov. Paul LePage said he didn’t support the idea of using managed care organizations as a way of lowering the cost of health care in Maine, saying quality of care would decline along with cost to the state.. Though word has not come out officially, several parties with […]

Roundup: Medicaid expansion vote tabled at committee, Rier gets thumbs up to lead education

The Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee tabled a much-anticipated vote on Medicaid expansion Wednesday morning after less than half an hour of conversation. On Wednesday afternoon, committee member Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, said the committee was awaiting fiscal projections by the state’s Office of Fiscal and Program Review. She also said it’s possible a […]

Check out the revisions to the Alexander Group’s Medicaid expansion feasibility study

On Jan. 17, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services fulfilled a request by several news organizations to see revisions of a report by the Rhode Island-based Alexander Group, which said expanding Medicaid in Maine under the federal Affordable Care Act would cost the state $807 million. It was clear from the time the […]

Round-up: Alexander and the gov’s race, $2 billion for roads, and Utah’s gay marriage double-take

Another day, another #mepolitics roundup.  Cutler, Michaud weigh in on Medicaid expansion study Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler held a press conference Tuesday morning to blast the Medicaid feasibility study conducted by the Alexander Group and to call for Gov. Paul LePage, his Republican opponent in 2014, to be “fired.” Alexander’s report includes a dire […]

DHHS to release Alexander Group report on Medicaid expansion Friday

Mary Mayhew at a news conference

A day after being urged by the attorney general to release a much sought-after study on a potential Medicaid expansion in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage announced that the report — and its author — would be made available to the press on Friday. The report, titled “The Feasibility of Medicaid Expansion in Maine under the […]

Poll of Maine swing districts shows big support for Medicaid expansion

A new poll by Maine People’s Resource Center — the polling arm of the liberal Maine People’s Alliance — indicates that a majority of Mainers in swing House districts support accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid in Maine. The expansion of publicly funded health care is a key provision of the Affordable Care Act of […]

LePage says federal government shutdown is reason not to expand Medicaid

It’s unclear just how long the federal government shutdown will continue, but while it does, it will provide rhetorical fodder for elected officials and pundits of all political stripes. The shutdown is like a giant beltway Rorschach test; Politicians project whatever they want onto it. For example: Gov. Paul LePage and House Speaker Mark Eves […]

Rhetoric heats up over Medicaid expansion

Though a bipartisan bill to expand Medicaid to provide health care coverage for tens of thousands of Mainers was vetoed by the governor in June, expansion of the medical welfare program seems likely to be one of the key battles between Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic lawmakers as the next winter legislative session approaches. Later […]