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UPDATE: House Gives Final Approval to MaineCare Expansion
06/12/2013 12:37 PM ET  

The House approved a bill to expand Medicaid, administered in Maine as MaineCare, by a 97 to 51 vote today.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Democratic-led Maine House has given final approval to a plan to expand health coverage to 70,000 people, but cuts the program off after three years.

The House approved a bill to expand Medicaid by a 97 to 51 vote Wednesday. Medicaid is administered as MaineCare in the state.

The bill would repeal the expansion Dec. 31, 2016. The federal government would have to confirm the state will receive 100 percent compensation for childless adults covered under MaineCare, including those covered as of December 2009. People would also see larger co-payments to discourage abuse of the program.

Republicans on Wednesday attempted to add an amendment to kill the bill, but it was rejected.

The expansion bill faces a final vote in the Senate before heading to Republican Gov. Paul LePage.


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