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Medicaid Expansion Inches Forward in Maine House
03/18/2014 02:51 PM ET  

The House backed the bill 97-49, falling just shy of the two-thirds support that would be needed to override a veto.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's Democratic-controlled House has given initial approval a bill to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 70,000 residents, but whether it will have enough support to survive a future veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage remains unclear.

The House backed the bill 97-49, falling just shy of the two-thirds support of present and voting lawmakers that would be needed to override a veto. It passed in the Senate last week.

It faces final votes in both chambers.

The proposal crafted by two Republican senators is designed to attract GOP votes, but continues to face staunch opposition. It would privatize the state's Medicaid program through managed care and allow the state to withdraw after three years, when the federal government begins to gradually lower its share of the cost.


 

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