AUGUSTA – Today, the Maine Supreme Court issued a decision ordering the LePage Administration to implement the voter-approved Medicaid Expansion law and file a State Plan Amendment. The decision dismissed the Administration’s appeal of previous court orders requiring Maine to file paperwork to seek federal funding for expansion.

Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released the following statement:

“Voters, and now the Maine Supreme Court have made it clear – implementation of this law is a responsibility and obligation that needs to be fulfilled. No more delays. Thousands of Mainers cannot afford to wait any longer for the health care they need to be and stay well.

“Yet again, Governor LePage and his Administration are being held accountable by our court system, demonstrating that they are not above the law. While I am encouraged by the ruling today, this dispute will not end until the 70,000 Mainers who are eligible are finally receiving access to healthcare.”