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$30 Million Budget Fix Advances in Legislature
04/15/2014 12:12 PM ET  

The bill that the House and Senate gave early approval to Tuesday closes a Medicaid shortfall for the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2015.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A bill that would close a $30 million hole in the Maine budget and reduce a wait list for services in the state's Medicaid program is quickly advancing in the Democratic-led Legislature.

The bill that the House and Senate gave early approval to Tuesday closes a Medicaid shortfall for the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2015. It also adds $5 million annually to slash a wait list for things like home-based care services for Mainers with disabilities.

The budget bill won unanimous approval from the Appropriations Committee last week. It faces final votes in both chambers before being sent to Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

LePage has criticized a provision of the bill that would extend the cycle of Medicaid payments to health care providers to save $20 million.


 

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