LePage vetoes LD 837, bill to fund voter-approved healthcare expansion
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage formally vetoed LD 837, An Act To Provide Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Operations of State Government. The legislation received bipartisan support in the Maine House and Senate and is designed to fund both the administrative and claims cost of the voter-approved Medicaid Expansion law. The law will expand access to health care for 70,000 Mainers, make available over $500 million in new federal funds and boost Maine’s economy by adding over 3,000 jobs. Since the law’s passage in November 2017, the LePage Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services have failed to move forward with implementation, despite ongoing litigation, citing funding concerns.
Speaker Sara Gideon released the following statement:
“Medicaid expansion is the law of the land. And as the Maine Superior Court has made clear, the governor has a constitutional obligation to implement this law. This latest action is yet another tactic to not just delay, but to obstruct the current law that will provide access to healthcare for 70,000 Mainers. Maine voters demanded that increased access to healthcare and now the Legislature has done our job to make that demand a reality and provide the necessary funding. I urge my colleagues to override this veto and stop fighting about expansion and finally start realizing the health and economic benefits.”