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Maine Lawmakers Question Medicaid Report
01/14/2014 02:08 PM ET  

Gary Alexander told the Health and Human Services Committee that he focused on established factors like the state's growing poverty rate instead of various cost saving initiatives.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Skeptical lawmakers are questioning why a report that projects significant costs to the state to expand Medicaid didn't look at potential savings.

Gary Alexander told the Health and Human Services Committee that he focused on established factors like the state's growing poverty rate instead of various cost saving initiatives that he says likely won't be realized.

A report produced by the Alexander Group says that the expansion under the Affordable Care Act would cost the state $807 million over the first decade, even with the federal government footing the bill for the first three years.

The hour-long session became testy at times. Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook suggested that the report was ``a repackaging of what we've already heard.''

DHHS commissioner Mary Mayhew says she took offense.



 

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