Governor Mills announced earlier today that the State’s plan was approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

AUGUSTA – Speaker Sara Gideon issued the following statement following an announcement by Governor Janet Mills and Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Maine’s State Plan Amendments to expand Medicaid (MaineCare) under the Affordable Care Act. 

“This is very welcome news from the federal government. Mainers who need healthcare coverage most will get it, benefitting both their health and the state’s economy. 

The work the Governor and her administration have accomplished on this issue in such a short amount of time is very impressive, and I know we’ll keep moving in the right direction as we continue to ensure the integrity of the Medicaid program in Maine and the health and well-being of all Mainers.”

CMS approved the state’s plan retroactive to July 2, 2018, which was the date indicated in the 2017 ballot initiative supported by nearly 60 percent of Maine voters. MaineCare expansion is projected to provide coverage to approximately 70,000 people throughout the state. With today’s approval, the federal government will finance more than $800 million in estimated costs for those who enroll under expansion from July 2, 2018 through state fiscal year 2021. Maine is among 36 states plus the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid.

With this approval, CMS has started sending notices to low-income people who signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov that they may now be eligible for Medicaid. The Wilton call center will start taking calls in mid-April to answer questions about the MaineCare expansion. 

As of March 29th, 16,797 individuals have been granted Medicaid coverage under expansion. DHHS has processed all of the applications of those who applied between July 2, 2018 and January 2, 2019.

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