PORTLAND – The Maine Superior Court ruled today that Governor LePage cannot refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion law approved by voters more than one year ago. Justice Michela Murphy of the Kennebec Superior Court found that there was nothing preventing the Maine Department of Health and Human Services from funding Medicaid expansion.

Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released the following statement:

“As we have said many times since November of 2017, implementation of this law is a responsibility and obligation that needs to be fulfilled. 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. I hope they finally receive the message and stop this losing battle that has delayed the 70,000 Mainers who are eligible from receiving access to healthcare.

“I am looking forward to working in partnership with Governor-elect Mills to ensure this law is followed and that more Mainers are benefiting from the care they deserve.”