Advocacy group wants third party to resubmit Medicaid plan

September 23, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An advocacy group wants the courts to step in over the LePage administration’s move to urge federal regulators to reject a court-ordered Medicaid expansion plan.

Maine Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy could weigh in early this week on Maine Equal Justice Partners’s latest motion.

Last fall, nearly three out of five Mainers voted to expand Medicaid to 70,000 adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has stymied expansion over funding concerns.

His administration filed court-ordered paperwork to start expanding Medicaid. But LePage wrote federal regulators urging them to deny the plan.

Maine Equal Justice Partners wants a court-appointed receiver to resubmit Maine’s expansion plan without LePage’s request.

LePage’s office told The Portland Press Herald that LePage believes the motion “lacks merit.”

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